Or, perhaps a spitball.
Rare is the player who spends the entirety of his career in one organization (unless it's a rather short one, that is). Even those who have played for a few different teams are often associated with one particular team. And for me, Burdette is one such player.
Lew also spent time with St. Louis, Chicago (NL), and Philadelphia before finishing his career with the Angels in 1967 at the age of forty.
. 1964 Topps #523
1965 Topps #64
Burdette's success came through pitch location, movement, and the ability to use different arm slots. Oh, and psychology.
In Bushville Wins! The Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, author John Klima describes Burdette as a pitcher who played head games with his opponents. Long rumored to throw a spitball, he would often plant a seed of doubt into his opponents' minds- doing it through the media. "They talk as if all you had to do to throw a spitball was to crank up and throw one. Don't they know it's the hardest pitch to control? It takes lots of practice and you just don't throw one when you figure it might get the hitter out."
He might have donned the uniform of five other teams, but in my mind, Lew Burdette will always be a Brave.