Friday, February 27, 2015

Aubrey McCarty News

Recent news about ambidextrous pitcher Aubrey McCarty from Georgia. 

Entering his senior season in HS, McCarty received 15 offers to play college baseball. McCarty signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt in 2014. Following his senior year, he was drafted by the Giants, but decided to attend Vanderbilt University (Vandy) in the fall.

In the summer he plays for the Waynesboro Generals in the collegiate league.

Five Questions: Aubrey McCarty 
The News Virginian, 9 July 2015
By Brian Carlton

It started when he was a kid, growing up in Georgia. Aubrey McCarty is naturally left-handed, but his father, who worked in a rodeo, did things with his right hand. So when he showed Aubrey how to be a calf-roper and other tricks of the trade, it was all done using the boy’s non-dominant hand. As he grew up and got involved in baseball, McCarty just started playing around and throwing from both sides as a pitcher. Soon, he was striking out batters from both the left and right side, earning a place on the Vanderbilt Commodores team this year as a freshman. 

2015 Season

Carson Fulmer rocked, Vanderbilt falls to Texas A&M

Adam Sparks, May 21, 2015

HOOVER, Ala. – Texas A&M made Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer, arguably college baseball’s best pitcher, look mortal in the SEC Tournament Thursday.

The SEC Pitcher of the Year gave up a career-high three home runs to the Aggies en route to a 6-1 loss.

Two Vanderbilt freshmen — former Riverdale standout Collin Snider and Aubrey McCarty — combined to toss four shutout innings of relief, but the early damage was already done against the SEC’s ace.

No. 6 Vandy powers past Baseball Wildcats

May 1, 2015 |
A consensus preseason All-America selection, Fulmer (9-1) cruised into the seventh inning, exiting with a five-run lead. Fulmer tossed 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, issuing three walks and striking out six. Freshman righty Kyle Wright took over with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, getting a strikeout to escape the jam. Collin Snider and switch pitcher Aubrey McCarty also worked in relief.

McCarty makes debut on the mound for Vandy (27 Feb 2015)

Vanderbilt blasts Illinois State
Jesse Johnson |

Freshmen Joey Abraham, Collin Snider and Aubrey McCarty worked the final three innings on the mound, surrendering just one hit while striking out five Redbirds. Illinois State scored its lone run in the ninth off of McCarty, one of the few ambidextrous and two-way players in college baseball.
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Aubrey McCarty (AubreyMcCarty55) on Twitter

Switching up the status quo

Max Herz,

Vanderbilt’s fourth switch-hitter is redshirt freshman Aubrey McCarty, who came into Vanderbilt as a dual threat hitter and a dual threat pitcher. Despite this unique ability, McCarty did not play in a game in 2014 and has turned his attention away from switch-pitching towards the bat rack for 2015. He will likely figure into a deep Commodore bench this season.

2014 Season

Katie Walden - writes:

McCarty may have some ways to go before seeing game action, but his versatility as a player has not gone unnoticed.

As Corbin put it, “How unique of a baseball player is he? He throws left-handed, he throws right-handed. He hits left-handed, he hits right-handed. You don’t see those guys every day.”

Aubrey McCarty
Call him Dr. Strangeglove

InsideVandy: Baseball, Feb 19, 2014
On the Vanderbilt baseball roster, Aubrey McCarty’s name is about as conspicuous as a stray cat in the outfield.  

In the roster’s bats-throws column, most players have some combination of right and left, depending on which side of the plate they hit from and which arm they use when throwing. The two position players who hit from both sides of the plate are listed as switch-right. 

That leaves McCarty, listed as switch-switch. No need to blame an intern for a lack of baseball knowledge, because it’s not an oversight. Aubrey McCarty is a two-way player who hits from both sides of the plate and pitches with both arms.

2013 MLB Draft

Aubrey McCarty is an MLB Prospect who was projected to go in the top 300 players selected in the 2013 MLB Player Draft.
MLB Prospect Guide

Aubrey McCarty - MLB Draft 2013 >>

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The Pitcher's Options

By: Rashad Davis
Currently, Aubrey can pitch 92 mph with his right hand and 85 mph with his left hand.  He also has a large repertoire of pitches that includes a curveball, a changeup, and a cutter. McCarty's unique talent has not gone unnoticed; as it has landed him a full scholarship with the University of Vanderbilt. Not just a switch pitcher, he is also a switch hitter with an impressive batting average of .331. Aubrey McCarty talents even impressed pro scouts and led to the San Fransico Giants drafting him in the 35th round during the MLB 2013 Draft. 
Aubrey McCarty was grateful for the opportunity; however he decided to keep his commitment with the University of Vanderbilt.  
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Right or left? Former Colquitt Co. star pitcher is ambidextrous

By Merissa Lynn, FOX 5 Sports anchor-reporter 
Aubrey McCarty is an ambidextrous pitcher.  It's not something you see often, but it's true-- he can pitch with both hands.  McCarty tells FOX 5 Sports' Merissa Lynn it all started with his dad, whose choice of sport was very different from his son's.
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2013 Season

Aubrey McCarty Stats as of March 29, 2013

Batting: .545 BA with 8 doubles, 1 HR, 18 RBI
Pitching: 2-2, 4.32 ERA

MLB Prospect Guide: 2013 Draft Prospects
#295 - Aubrey McCarty  1B  HS  Georgia

Colquitt County Pitcher Poses Dual Threat

by Andrew Schnitker |, April 29, 2013

A senior pitcher from Colquitt County has a remarkable talent and a split persona. Aubrey McCarty holds the gift of switch pitching.
“Aubrey is technically two people in one body. A left-handed McCarty and a right-handed McCarty,” Colquitt County head baseball coach Tony Kirkland said.
“I'm naturally left-handed with everything. I eat, write, do everything left-handed. When I first started playing baseball, I played it right-handed. I always played it right-handed,” McCarty said.
In the modern era of baseball, pitchers that can throw from the left and the right are few and far between. Let’s just say you can count them on one hand.

Colquitt’s Ambidextrous Pitcher Headed to Vanderbilt

By Robert Preston, Jr., In the Game | April 2013
A sport is not merely an organized individual or team athletic pursuit. A sport is also defined as an anomaly that gives an organism a special advantage over similar organisms. Aubry McCarty, the Colquitt County Packers senior pitcher/first baseman, is a sport in his chosen sport. McCarty, 18, is one of the rarest types of baseball players - a completely ambidextrous pitcher. He throws equally well from both sides, and he’s been doing so for the last six or seven years. At first glance, one might think McCarty’s talent is nothing more than a gimmick, an oddity he uses to overcome a lack of true baseball talent.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Lowndes hosts Colquitt with first place on the line
The Valdosta Daily Times, March 29, 2013

VALDOSTA — Today, the top two teams in Region 1-6A will meet on the baseball diamond.

Second-place Colquitt County will make the drive to Winnersville today to face the region-leading Lowndes Vikings in a doubleheader that could end up deciding the region championship.

Aubrey McCarty, a switch-hitting pitcher/first baseman who has signed with Vanderbilt, is batting .545 with eight doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. Leadoff hitter Mack Hathcock is batting .438 and has a .561 on-base percentage.

McCarty, who is ambidextrous, will start game 1 on the mound. He pitches right-handed to right-handed hitters, then switches his specially-made glove to his other hand and becomes a southpaw when he faces left-handed hitters. He currently has a 2-2 record and a 4.32 earned run average.

Packers split region doubleheader with Tift
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, March 23, 2013

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County baseball team avoided a split in its Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader with Tift County on Friday at Ike Aultman Field with a 7-1 victory in the second game.

With the split, the Packers are now 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the region.

In the first game, Packers starter Aubrey McCarty gave up a three-run home run to Devonair McCray in a five-run Tift County second inning and the Blue Devils cruised to a 10-5 victory.

McCarty pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up 10 runs and 10 hits including three homers. Tift’s Blake Suggs went 4-for-4.

Zach Bullard went the distance to get the win for the Blue Devils, although he gave up 11 hits. Colquitt trailed 10-2 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

And while McCarty was hit hard while pitching, he was sound at the plate with three hits, including a double. 

Goforth's monster game helps keep Pack atop standings
The Moultrie Observer, March 16, 2013

Aubrey McCarty gave up just one unearned run in seven innings in win over Valdosta. The ambidextrous one went the distance in Game 1, scattering five hits and stranding nine base runners.  McCarty struck out four and walked two, both in the seventh inning.
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Wildcats begin region play tonight vs. Packers
The Moultrie Observer, March 15, 2013

The Packers’ star player is ambidextrous pitcher Aubrey McCarty, who signed with Vanderbilt in November. McCarty usually pitches right-handed to right-handed batters and left-handed to left-handed batters. At one point last year, McCarty pitched a game right-handed on a Tuesday and another one left-handed on Friday, then after being taken out of the second game (against Valdosta), he went from being a left-handed pitcher to being a right-handed first baseman.

“He’s been starting for three years. He’s a great ballplayer,” Shuman said.

Pack sweeps region doubleheader from Valdosta
The Moultrie Observer, March 15, 2013

MOULTRIE — Valdosta came to Ike Aultman Field on Friday having scored 42 runs in it previous three games, but apparently had not run into a Packer-like pitching.

Aubrey McCarty went the distance in the first game giving up just five hits and one unearned seventh-inning run as Colquitt County won the first game of Friday's Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader at Ike Aultman Field, 6-1.

In the opener, three of the five Valdosta hits never left in the infield.

McCarty walked only two — both in the seventh inning — and lowered his early-season 7.00 ERA significantly.

He struck out four and left the Wildcats unable to mount a threat until the seventh when a two-out throwing error scored the Wildcats only run.

Packers bang out 24 hits, sweep DH in Brunswick
The Moultrie Observer, March 9, 2013

After having scored just 11 runs in their first three games, the Colquitt County offense was looking for a spark in its Region 1-AAAAAA opening doubleheader at Brunswick on Friday.

And that spark came quickly when Mack Hathcock homered to open the first game.

The Packers went on to bang out 23 more hits in the 14-5, 11-1 sweep of the Pirates.

McCarty struggled in the first game, giving up five earned runs and five hits in five innings.

He issued three walks and all three of those batters scored.

McCarty did strike out nine.

“They were geared up for his fast ball,” Grage said. “And he couldn’t get a feel for his off-speed pitch.”

Packers to play host to Worth in scrimmage tonight
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, February 14, 2013

Today, the Packers are expected to start Vanderbilt-signee Aubrey McCarty on the hill. He could go two innings.

McCarty, who will continue his ambidextrous pitching ways this season, was 9-2 last year with a 2.91 ERA.

He is expected to be the starting pitcher for the first game of each of the region doubleheaders.

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update - February 15, 2013
Vanderbilt-signee Aubrey McCarty pitched the first two innings, facing the minimum against a young Worth County team. He walked the leadoff batter in the second, but the runner was gunned down at the plate on a throw from right fielder Daren Kent to catcher Preston Berry in an inning-ending double play. Read more

2012 Season

Colquitt's McCarty signs to play baseball at Vanderbilt 

Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, November 28, 2012

MOULTRIE — When Colquitt County High pitcher/first baseman Aubrey McCarty took a visit to Vanderbilt, he felt like it was the right place for him to work on a degree and begin his collegiate baseball career.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Vanderbilt has the reputation of producing outstanding pitchers, including current American League Cy Young Award winner David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves.

With family, friends and teammates celebrating with him, McCarty signed on Wednesday with Vanderbilt in a ceremony at the high school media center.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, who is a rare ambidextrous pitcher, led the Packers with a 9-2 record and a 2.86 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.2 innings last season.

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McCarty pitches Packers over Walnut Grove
Wayne Grandy, The Moultrie Observer, March 2, 2012

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County baseball team’s early-season hitting woes continued on Friday at Ike Aultman Field as the Packers managed three hits in a game against Class AAA Walnut Grove High from Loganville.

Fortunately for the Packers, they manufactured two runs and that was all they would need with Aubrey McCarty on the mound.

McCarty was just a little better than the two pitchers Walnut Grove sent out.

The ambidextrous junior gave up just a lone run in the fifth inning and the Packers took a 2-1 victory.

McCarty raised his record to 2-0 and lowered the 1.75 ERA he took into the game by giving up just two singles and a double. He walked four and struck out eight.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ambidextrous Pitcher Bangor Baseball 1950

Ambidextrous Pitcher Becomes Talk of Bangor Baseball Team

The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, PA) 19 Apr 1950

Bangor - The talk of this Slate belt community is youthful George Miller, an ambidextrous pitcher. Miller reportedly throws equally as well with his left or right arm and is counted on to spin a magic web against North Atlantic league opposition this season. Miller is also regarded as a top flight hitter.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Creighton Switch Pitcher "Little Pat" Venditte 2006

Switch pitcher
Reliever effective as right-hander and left-hander

By Eric Olson
The Associated Press

The Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas) 28 Apr 2006

Omaha, Neb. - Pat Venditte Sr. came up with the idea when he was tossing a ball to his 3-year-old son in the backyard.

Wouldn't it be neat if he could get Pat Jr., a natural right-hander, to throw equally well with his left?

Neat, indeed.

Now "Little Pat," as his dad calls him, is the only active switch pitcher in Division I baseball and one of the few ambidextrous hurlers in the history of the sport.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

James Allsman Ambidextrous Hurler 1943

Late J. Allsman Was Ambi-Dextrous Hurler

Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois) 9 Dec 1943

Lou Krepel, veteran Alton umpire, today recalled that James Allsman, who died recently, was the only ambi-dextrous, baseball pitcher he has seen in 35 years of officiating. Allsman, who was six feet, three inches tall, was equally effective with either arm, Krepel asserts.

Krepel described Allsman as a "chip off the old block," saying that W. B. Allsman, the father of "Jimmy," was a great pitcher  in the '90's. The older Allsman hurled for the independents in the old City League, Krepel recalled.


Donald Clausen - Ambidextrous Pitcher - Congressman

Donald Holst Clausen was born April 27, 1923, on his father’s dairy farm in Ferndale, California. He played semi-professional baseball in his youth — profiles noted he was an ambidextrous pitcher — and attended several colleges in California and Utah before his military service in World War II.

Don Clausen
Multi-sport Athlete

Clausen graduated from elementary and high schools of Ferndale, where he was an honors student and lettered five sports: tennis, track, basketball, football and baseball as well as being the drum major of the school band.

Don Clausen pitched for the Crescent City Merchants in the 1950s.


Crescent City Nine Wins Over Arcata Chiefs

The Times Standard (Eureka, CA) 24 Jul 1954

An explosive fourth inning barrage that netted the Crescent City Merchants seven runs sent the Arcata back to their teepees ...

Crescent City also employed two twirlers with starter Orv Olaen giving way to another righthander,
Don Clausen, in the seventh.
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Arcata Loses to Crescent City in Tight Game

The Times Standard (Eureka, CA) 3 Aug 1953

Clausen who came on to relieve in the eight, received credit for the win. The Merchants racked up three double killings.

Crescent City's win moved them into title competition and shoved the "Rhubarbs" down a rung from their previous second place tie.

Former North Coast congressman Don Clausen turning 90

By Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat
April 26, 2013

FORTUNA — The broad smile, a trademark of his 20 years of representing the North Coast in Congress, still flashes across Don Clausen's face.
"I had a good run," Clausen said during a 90-minute interview at the Fortuna nursing home where he has lived for the past year.
Taking cues from the photographs on the walls of his room, and with some prompting from son-in-law Jim Baumgartner, Clausen reflected on his youth in Ferndale, his prowess as an ambidextrous baseball pitcher, service as a World War II aviator, two decades in Congress and 63 years of marriage to his late wife, Ollie.

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte throws a double bullpen

Pat Venditte throws a double bullpen with the Athletics. First left-handed, then right-handed.

Yankees' Venditte relieves for CC Sabathia in 2010

Yankees' Venditte uses both arms

The Call-Leader (Elwood, Indiana)  31 Mar 2010

Kissimmee, Fla. (AP) - Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte threw with both arms for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving up one run in 1 1/3 inning during a 9-6 split-squad loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Making his first appearance for the Yankees, Venditte took over for CC Sabathia with two outs in the fifth inning and tossed four warmup pitches with each hand. Venditte switched back and forth, depending on whether he was facing a righty or lefty, and gave up two hits and a walk

The 24-year-old reliever, who uses a six-finger glove, pitched for two teams in Class A last season and went a combined 4-2 with 22 saves and a 1.87 ERA.

If he makes the majors, Venditte wouldn't be the first pitcher to throw as a left-hander and right-hander. Greg Harris, who pitched from 1981-95, was a righty throughout his career. He pitched from the left side for two batters in his second-to-last game.

Sabathia tuned up for his start in the major league opener Sunday night at Boston, allowing five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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Ambidextrous baseball glove patent 1911

The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.), 25 Sept. 1911. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

A Philadelphia baseball fan, possessing an inventive mind, has just patented an ambidextrous baseball glove, which, he maintains will be in great demand some of these days.

The glove can be worn on either left or right hand, and is said to possess qualities unexcelled in other baseball armament.

The patent described the improvement as follows: 

"The object of my invention is to produce a baseball finger glove adapted to be worn with equal facility upon either the right of left hand. "

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Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 15 Dec 1911

A Philadelphia fan possessed of an inventive turn of mind has patented an ambidextrous baseball glove, which, he maintains, will be in great demand some of these days when the players get the game down to such a fine point that they can worry the opposition by changing hands on every play.

How much would an ambidextrous glove like this fetch at auction?

Description: Rare Spalding Ambidextrous baseball fielder's glove c.1900. Very seldom offered style of early glove. Glove remains in nice overall condition with red Spalding label on backstrap and all of its' orig. webbing between the fingers intact. Interior shows moderate usage wear incl. some pitting to (3) fingers. First example that we have handled: VG-EX

Sold For: $3,250.00
Estimated Price: ($3,500.00-$4,500.00)

source: Hunt Auctions


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Show of hands - Venditte's unique skill 2008

Show of hands - Venditte's unique skill poses challenge for all

Indiana Gazette (Indiana, PA) 21 Jun 2008

By Bill Konigsberg, AP Sports Writer

New York - Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte can confound hitters - and umpires - when he's own the mound.

The umps working a New York-Penn League (short-season Class-A) game Thursday night between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones had nothing to go by when Venditte made his professional debut, less than two weeks after getting drafted in the 20th round by the Yankees.

He pitched the ninth, and after retiring two batters and allowing a single, a switch hitter stepped to the plate for Brooklyn, That's hardly unusual. But it becomes intriguing against Venditte, a switch pitcher.


"The reason he's not as fast from the left is he drops his arm from the left side to get more movement, he throws a sweeping slider," he said. "The coach at Creighton thought it was more difficult to hit. He has equal arm strength. He can stand at home plate and throw it out of the ballpark from both sides."

The Yankees have enough faith that Venditte can bring his ambidextrous pitching game to the majors
to draft him not once, but twice.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Very Few Pitchers Were Ambidextrous

Manitowoc Herald-Times 21 May 1923

Baseball History Records Three Twirlers Who Could Use Either Hand in Playing.

Followers of baseball ofttimes have heard about the type of hurler who could pitch a fast ball with either hand and make it curve.

However, few have been in action, and these freak hurlers are seldom seen in organized ball. 

Actually, there were a number of good ambidextrous pitchers, 
but they played in local leagues - not in pro baseball.


Ambidextrous Baseball Glove Art

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Sculpture: Digital and Leather on Other.
Size: 11 H x 9.1 W x 7.5 in

Genuine leather, Ink-jet print on leather

Issei Watanabe

Tokyo, Japan


Ambidextrous moundsman Garland T. Mitchell

Columbus Team Buys Ambidextrous Pitcher

News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) 23 Sep 1936

Columbus, Ohio - Ambidextrous moundsman Garland T. Mitchell became a member of the Columbus Red Birds of the American association today on an outright purchase from the Asheville club of the Piedmont league. Mitchell does most of his pitching with his right arm, but is able to turn in a credible performance as a southpaw pitcher.

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Athletics Sign Ambidextrous Pitcher in 1963

Athletics Sign Ambidextrous Pitcher - James Haley 
The Salem News (Salem, Ohio) 26 Sep 1963

Athletics Sign Ambidextrous Pitcher - The Kansas City Athletics have signed a pitcher who has two chances of making good - one with each arm. James Haley, right of Canton, Ga., is shown signing in Atlanta with Mercer Harris, the Athletics' Georgia scout.

The 185-pounder won 10 games in the East Cobb League this summer - 8 right-handed and 2 left-handed. He struck out 18 batters right-handed last week and four days later struck out six left-handed in a relief stint.

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James D. Haley
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 185 lb.
Born: 1945
Record: 4-4 
1964 Burlington Bees, Class A, Kansas City Athletics-AL


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dodgers' McLish served in the Navy 1944

A number of talented ball players were called into military service including a switch pitcher.

Dodgers' McLish Headed for Navy

Naugatuck Daily News (Naugatuck, Connecticut) 3 Jun 1944

New York, June 3 (UP) Baseball's only ambidextrous pitcher is humming Anchors Aweigh these days, as he warms up with either arm. Because before the moth is out, 18-year-old Cal McLish probably will be doing boot training in Uncle Sam's Navy.

To be more exact, McLish's name is Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. And he played only one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers before he passed his physical. But he won that game with a five-hit performance.

While tying out for the Dodgers, he proved himself by giving Dixie Walker the works.

The young rookie burned a right-handed pitch past Walker, and Walker never saw it. Then, he wound up again and tossed such a sizzler that Dixie stepped out of the box to recuperate.

Walker stepped up again. This time the innocent-looking young hurler wound up as a lefty. He whipped a wicked left-handed curve for a third strike.

The veteran outfielder thought that he was seeing things. But he had just a glimpse of one of 1944's extraordinary rookies in action.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Ambidextrous President Harry Truman

Was there ever an ambidextrous president who could throw with both hands?

Yes, President Harry S. Truman from Missouri was ambidextrous and could throw well with both hands. He used to throw out the first ball on opening day for professional baseball.

Harry Truman in the news,  Statesville Record, NC 18 Apr 1949

President Harry Truman throws out the first ball on opening day
photo: Getty

Ambidextrous Harry to Hurl Opening Ball 

The Dixon Telegraph (Dixon, Illinois) 18 Apr 1949

The finest presidential pitcher since William Howard Taft has both arms in dandy shape for the 1949 season.

H. Truman, P., was scheduled to throw out the first ball today as the Washington Nationals square off with the Philadelphia Athletics. ...

Ambidextrous President Truman is believed to be the only right and/or left handed pitcher in big league history.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ralph "Peck" Jones, ambidextrous pitcher 1912

Old Time Baseball Players Plan Reunion
Ralph "Peck" Jones, ambidextrous pitcher in 1912

Wilmington News-Journal (Wilmington, Ohio)  3 Aug 1954

One year, the Clintons, a semi-pro team, won 22 and lost one, the loss coming to the Corn Hatters of Columbus. Pictured is the 1912 team.


Lee Mazilli is Ambidextrous

Lee Mazilli - New York Draftee Is Ambidextrous

Lee Mazzilli - Mets Outfielder
The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas) 6 Jun 1973

New York (AP) - The injury-troubled New York Mets have come up with a solution for their health problems. They have drafted an ambidextrous outfielder.

He's Lee Mazilli of Brooklyn, and he was the 14th player chosen Tuesday in baseball's summer
free agent draft.

Joe McDonald, director of minor league operations for the Mets, announced the selection, reporting that Mazzilli, "Bats, right-left. Throws, right-left." If he hurt one hand, a regular Met hazard these days, he can use the other.

Mazilli, like most of the other high school hot shots drafted Tuesday, will have to decide between professional baseball and college. He has a four-year scholarship offer from Arizona State, which has produced a large shared of major leaguers.

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Lee Louis Mazzilli (Maz)
Positions: OF, 1B
Batted: Both
Threw: Right
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: March 25, 1955 in New York, NY
Drafted: 1st round 1973 by the Mets

Lee Mazzilli Bio from the SABR BioProject 

"Baseball was the No. 1 sport by far, and it was always my first love."

He was a handsome, stylish Italian-American from the streets of Brooklyn, who strutted into prominence at the same moment John Travolta’s Tony Manero did the same on the silver screen. But there was more to Lee Mazzilli than a pair of tight-fitting pants. He was a graceful athlete with a good eye who could hit – and throw – either left-handed or right-handed. He was a seven-time national youth speedskating champion. And after a 14-year playing career, he found success as an actor, a businessman, a big-league manager, and a broadcaster. 

Encouraged to throw right-handed

Before Mazzilli made his professional debut the following spring, he and the Mets came to a fateful decision. Eschewing what might have been his more natural throwing arm, the Mets encouraged Mazzilli to throw exclusively right-handed, figuring it would afford him greater defensive flexibility.

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Lee Mazzilli Statistics and History |