The Montana Standard and The Butte Daily Post, 6 Jan 1963
Q. We hear a lot about switch hitters in baseball, especially since Mickey Mantle came into the picture.
But are there now, or have there ever been, any switch pitchers or fielders?
- Horsehide Harry.
A. A few baseball players, like a minority of persons in other occupations, are born ambidextrous, but ball players usually settle down to one arm or the other as far as throwing is concerned. Many who are naturally right-handed train themselves to bat left-handed, as you undoubtedly know, because it puts them a step or so nearer first base to start with, and it gives them a shot at the many short right field fences in modern parks.
Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish is the classic example of a modern major league pitcher who is truly ambidextrous and could have pitched with either arm.
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