I’m on the job as a magazine designer, looking for an image of a spaldeen. No time to read the postings here, so this is probably not news, but… the image you have here leaves out the most important feature of a spaldeen, the seam. Without it, curve-ball/screw-ball pitchers like me would have been tatooed all over the park. As spaldeen made the balls cheaper and cheaper, the seams became even more outrageous. It doesn’t get any more rewarding than when you and the batter are cracking up over the dipsy doodles those balls used to take.
Original author: jack z, Brooklyn in exile