The secret is out, baseball uses magic mud to rub their baseballs. Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud has a monopoly in the mud business to rub baseballs. A game laced in repetitive superstitious rituals demands a certain type of mud that only the Baseball Gods demand. The birth of this mudding of baseballs was the result of baseball’s only infield death of Ray Chapman in 1920 who was struck by a baseball. The curve ball was the fatal blow to the player that umpires believed could have been prevented if the pitcher had a better grip. In 1938 when an umpire complained to Lena Blackburne, the third base coach for then Philadelphia Athletics about his concern of the slippery baseballs. Lena discovered the magic mud and for more than 60 years has been part of baseball lore and the standard. Just don’t ask them to make you mud pies they taste horrible, this mud is magic but not that magical.