Glove Shortage Made Edd Roush Ambidextrous
The Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, Oregon)
5 Sep 1920
The story of how Eddie Roush, star outfielder of the Reds, can throw as well with his right hand as with his left dates back to his kid days. He says:
"I have always been a natural southpaw. Throwing and betting left-handed is my regular style. But when I started out as an amateur in my home town in Indiana I found it impossible to secure a right-handed glove (for throwing left-handed).
The only gloves in stock were for the left hand; also I was call upon to play in the infield a great deal, and a left-handed infielder is not so good, so I learned how to throw with my right hand. I have always batted left-handed, though."
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Growing up on a farm in Indiana, he developed extraordinary strength in his arms and hands, allowing him to wield a 48-ounce bat, one of the heaviest ever used.