Saturday, January 24, 2015

Katcher Ralph 1948


Today's Sport Parade
by Oscar Fraley, United Press Sports Writer
Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana)
10 Jul 1948

Don't look now but Lubbock of the West Texas-New Mexico league has a pitcher named Katcher Ralph, which is his front handle, is not only a pitching Katcher but a switch pitcher who throws with either arm.

His ambition: to have Katcher switch pitch against a switch hitter.

Read the article

Found on Newspapers.com

Backstory:


In 1942, Katcher entered the service. During the war he injured his left shoulder in a wrestling match in France and when he got back to the states he found he could no longer throw left handed.

So the pitching Katcher decided to try pitching with his right arm and he did so well in amateur games around Stillwell that he was signed by Texarkansas, Texas of the Class B Big State league.
(source: The Ogden Standard-Examiner, 8 Jul 1948)

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