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    Jay also came up with a pitching delivery that was eventually ruled illegal. The idea was spawned one night in Los Angeles when the base-stealing Dodgers literally stole a game from the Reds.

 

"They beat us something like 3 to 1 or 3 to 2," Jay told Sport Magazine writer Roy McHugh. "And all three of their runs were the result of stolen bases, advancing an extra base on a hit, tagging up on a fly ball. I decided it wouldn't happen to me."

 

And it didn't. Pitching the next night, Jay varied his pitching motion with men on base. At times he went into a fast, abbreviated windup instead of the customary stretch. The stance he took on the mound, facing the batter with the ball in both hands at the belt buckle, kept the runner from knowing which move Jay intended to use.

 

The Dodgers stole no bases and Jay won his game. At the end of the season, the rules were changed and Jay's new pitching technique was outlawed.

    The 1962 campaign was to be the last good one for Jay. He slumped to seven wins and 18 losses in 1963. In 1966 he was traded to the Atlanta Braves where he ended his major league career as he started it - in obscurity.


 

 

 
 
 

Right-handed pitcher Joey Jay works during an exhibition game in the early 1960s. Jay was a 20-game winner two years in a row for Cincinnati.

 

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