Wednesday, October 19, 2005


It seems like the Christian Science Monitor is the key to all of my blogging. The October 18 edition carried a story about the use of mud in baseball. I mean, mud? In baseball? What a newspaper.

Anyway, every team in Major League Baseball uses the same mud from a tidal basin of the Delaware River in New Jersey to rub baseballs down. This takes the shine off the ball and makes it easier to grip. However, there is a distinct art to the rub down, since it must be done evenly, and not on the seams. Also, roughly 72 of them must be prepared for each major league game. The spot from which the magic mud comes is secret. Only the vendor knows where it is.

Strangely enough, most of the dirt used on infields and pitcher's mounds in the major leagues also comes from New Jersey. More like the Garden Supply State than the Garden State I guess.


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