Legends: A Feverish Performance

“By all means, I was set up to fail that day,” Scott McMullin of Pacifica, CA said of a Sunday in January, 2009. “I didn’t get any sleep the previous night, I was hallucinating, my nose was running constantly, I was coughing up a storm, I had a 104.5 degree fever, I had no medication and I ate barely any breakfast.”

This is the ball Scott McMullin won the Yuba City tournament with. As you can see, the thumb hole is packed with tape.

This is the ball McMullin won the Yuba City tournament with. As you can see, the thumb hole is packed with tape. Photo courtesy of Scott McMullin.

On top of all that, McMullin was using a plastic spare ball for his strike shots, a ball that was designed to go straight and wasn’t even fitted to him. The ball was nearly a pound heavier than he was used to throwing, the thumb hole was filled all around with five pieces of tape, and his fingers slid into the finger holes halfway between the first and second knuckles. The story of this spare ball goes back to the summer of 2008, when McMullin was competing at the Junior Gold Championship tournament in Detroit, MI.

“I threw a Columbia White Dot at a 10 pin in Detroit,” McMullin said. “I picked it up clean, but then you could hear a really loud grinding sound coming from behind the pin deck. Continue reading

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