This day in baseball: Ambidextrous Icebox

On May 9, 1888, while pitching against the Kansas City Cowboys, Elton “Icebox” Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels pitched right-handed for the first seven innings of the game and left-handed for the last two innings.  Louisville won the game by a score of 18–6, and the performance made Chamberlain the third major league pitcher to throw with both his left and right hands during the same game.  The feat would not be repeated in the major leagues until Greg Harris switched arms for the ninth inning of a game in 1995.

The newspaper story covering the game was printed the next day in The Courier-Journal:

elton_chamberlain_pitches_left-and-right courier-journal 1888

The Courier-Journal , May 10, 1888  (Page 6)



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