There's almost an old timey charm to hearing about the good, old fashioned trickery of baseball's olden days. The standard response to the cheating ways of Yankee great Whitey Ford, for instance, leans more towards a chuckling bemusement than the moral outrage reserved for modern cheaters. Among Ford's alleged indiscretions,
he supposedly used his wedding ring to cut the ball, got his catcher to slice it with a buckle on his shin guard and planted mud pies around the mound in order to load the ball. In fact, he confessed to using "enough mud to build a dam" while pitching against the Dodgers in the 1963 World Series.