"Well, this year I’m told the team did well because one pitcher had a fine curve ball. I understand that a curve ball is thrown with a deliberate attempt to deceive. Surely this is not an ability we should want to foster at Harvard."
- Charles William Eliot, Harvard president from 1859-1909, Owned by history for being a fuckin’ nerd
Here’s another one,
In a discussion with his friend Tom Harned in 1889, [Walt] Whitman asked: “Is it the rule that the fellow who pitches the ball aims to pitch it in such a way the batter cannot hit it? Gives it a twist—what not—so it slides off, or won’t be struck fairly?” On Tom’s affirmative Whitman denounced the custom roundly: “The wolf, the snake, the cur, the sneak, all seem entered into the modern sportsman—though I ought not to say that, for the snake is snake because he is born so, and man the snake for other reasons, it may be said.”
Source: Quoting Baseball