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.


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