Fitzsimmonsville in 1974
From the September 9th issue of Sports Illustrated, on the
Oil. That's what Orioles Ross Grimsley and Jim Palmer
had rubbed on their arms before some recent pitching
successes, according to reports in a Baltimore paper.
Angry beagle buffs soon were heard from. "I'm appalled
at the thought of this cannibalistic thing you do to
poor pups just to make your elbow-greasy," one outraged
animal lover wrote. "I find the use of this oil a
serious threat to the world's beagle population. Any
further use will force me to contact the SPCA." The
letter was signed, "Snoopy, an ex-fan." Trainer Ralph
Salvon (that's really his name) soothed the
correspondent by explaining that the stuff in question,
an ointment used on racehorses and greyhounds, is
actually "Bigeloil." Grimsley and Palmer are now out of
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