Pitchers and Catchers
Pitchers and catchers report today. Discuss.
Yes, I know what you really want to discuss is 19th century training regimens. Here are how the Chicago and the Boston clubs trained going into the 1877 season. Compare and contrast:
The [Chicago] players have…begun their exercises in their loft at No. 76 Randolph street. The nine assembled there Thursday morning and went to work for the season. …the management have struck out a new course in training, and to some extent thrown aside the old theories. Instead of a gymnasium, they have put the men into a bare room with very little apparatus. They have also secured the services of Prof. Ottignon as trainer, and he will have charge of the men until they get on the field. It is evident from the first few days’ practice that he puts great faith in calisthenics and walking as parts of the preparation for getting the men into robust health, which is about all they need or can get indoors. [Chicago Tribune March 18, 1877]
The gymnasium hours are four daily–from 10 to 12 and 2 to 4 o’clock. Swinging Indian clubs, pulling rowing weights, vaulting, parallel bar exercise, throwing, pitching and, more especially, hand ball, are the exercises they go through each day. Harry Wright is with them, giving them a point here and there, and hardening his own muscle for use, should occasion demand. This practice will continue until the weather will allow them to go to the South End grounds. [Boston Herald March 18, 1877]