Baseball Chewing Gum
Chewing Gum In Baseball
At just about any baseball game, you'll see baseball players chewing and spitting all around the field. Nowadays it's sunflower seeds or chewing gum, but in the early days of the game, a lot of players would use dip or chew, AKA smokeless tobacco. Some used it to channel nervous energy, some use it to keep their mouths moist and others used it to keep busy when there wasn't much action going on. Gum and seeds are much safer alternatives to tobacco, due to its health risks, and keep the chewing tradition going. Chewing tobacco was also used so players could generate more saliva and spit to keep their gloves moist.