Burleigh Grimes

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Birthdate8/18/1893
Death Date12/6/1985
Debut Year1916
Year of Induction1964
Teams Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Yankees
Position Pitcher

After banning the spitter in 1920, MLB grandfathered in 17 men allowed to throw it until retirement. Burleigh Grimes was the last legal spitballer. 

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Burleigh Grimes 1934 Yankees contract as the last legal spitballer in American League history

Burleigh Grimes 1934 Yankees contract as the last legal spitballer in American League history

When Major League Baseball outlawed the spitball in 1920, seventeen active hurlers were grandfathered in and allowed to legally throw the pitch until they retired. Thirteen retired by the end of the decade. By the time 50-year old Jack Quinn then of Cincinnati threw the last pitch of his career on J
Front page of Burleigh Grimes' 1934 contract as the AL's last legal spitball pitcher

Front page of Burleigh Grimes' 1934 contract as the AL's last legal spitball pitcher

The front page of this historic contract can be seen here in the deal between the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs and Burleigh Grimes of St. Louis Missouri. Notice the start date of May 28, 1934 and $5,000 salary for the remainder of the season. Pre-World War II contracts for members
Signature page of Grimes' 1934 Yankee deal as the last AL pitcher to legally throw the spitter

Signature page of Grimes' 1934 Yankee deal as the last AL pitcher to legally throw the spitter

The inner fold of the contract shows the signature page and the back page of the document. Yankee General Manager Ed Barrow has filled out the document, penning the date of May 28, 1934. Barrow has also signed the name of Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert. Barrow’s initials can be seen just under Rup
Burleigh Grimes autographed 1933 Goudey

Burleigh Grimes autographed 1933 Goudey

Remembered today primarily as the last pitcher to legally throw the spitball, Burleigh Grimes was also a five-time 20-game winner who posted 270 career wins. Shown here is a vintage original 1933 Goudey baseball card signed by Grimes. A 19-year veteran who pitched for seven teams, Grimes had his bes
1962 Fleer card autographed by Burleigh Grimes

1962 Fleer card autographed by Burleigh Grimes

In the collection is this autographed 1962 Fleer card of Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes. The hurler had a significant advantage when the spitball was outlawed in 1920. Seventeen pitchers were allowed to continue to throw this pitch and Grimes would pitch another 15 seasons after it was outlawed. Asked what he
Autograph of last man to hit against a legal spitballer

Autograph of last man to hit against a legal spitballer

When Burleigh Grimes retired after the 1934 season the spitball was forever legally retired with him. After baseball banned the pitch for safety reasons in 1920, Grimes legally threw it for the rest of his career. On September 20, 1934 Grimes took the hill for the Pirates against his former team, th

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