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
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.