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Baseball’s Dirty Secret

Baseball’s Dirty Secret

Iron Pigs pitcher Cole Irvin showing little leaguers how to properly ‘mud’ a baseball like the pros with Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud from the Delaware River.

During the 1930’s, Philadelphia Athletics coach Russel “Lena” Blackburne scooped up some mud while fishing on the Delaware River. Today, “Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud” from that secret location is used by every major and minor league baseball team to prepare new balls before a game per MLB rule 4.01(d).

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