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For the Record: The story on the deaths of Bill Wambsganns...

December 20, 1985

For the Record: The story on the deaths of Bill Wambsganns and Burleigh Grimes said that Brooklyn pitcher Clarence Smith hit the line drive that Wambsganns turned into an unassisted triple play for Cleveland in the 1920 World Series.

Actually, the pitcher was Clarence Mitchell. He had replaced Grimes on the mound for Brooklyn.

The mistake was pointed out in a letter from Mitchell's son, Wallace L. Mitchell of Murrieta, Calif., who said that his father, like Grimes, was one of the last of the legal spitball pitchers.

"In fact," he said, "I used to cut out pieces of slippery elm wood from a particular tree in Franklin, Neb., our hometown, for him and Grimes. This was the best that could be used for their purpose."

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