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Baseball, New Jersey, and mud (Video)

Did you know that every baseball used in a major league game has a piece of Jersey on it?

 

Mud rubbed-game ready baseballs
Getty Images Sport / Mike Ehrmann

Every new baseball that is used in Major League Baseball is rubbed down with a special type of mud.

This very thin coating of mud takes the smooth shine off  the new baseballs that gives the pitcher a better grip on the ball.

Here’s the New Jersey connection.

All major league and minor league teams use only one kind of mud.  It’s called Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud.  The mud Blackburne distributes is collected on the Jersey side at a tributary of the Delaware River.

Exactly where is the mud collected?  It’s a family secret.

Blackburne’s mud has a texture and consistancy that has never been duplicated.

Check out the video

As the old saying goes, “Here’s mud in your eye.”

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