“The throw to the plate was a trifle wide, and Cobb made things more difficult for the catcher with a fade-away slide that gave the receiver only his spiked shoe to touch.” Billy Evans, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 14, 1909, p4-1.
- NOTE: he writer is the Hall of Fame umpire Billy Evans, a former sports editor who continued to write after becoming an ump. (Ken Liss)
Previous earliest use (Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2009):
1ST USE. 1911. “Runners have perfected numerous slides designed to outwit the player at the second base end; the fadeaway slide being the most used” (Buck Herzog, quoted in Baseball Magazine, September; Peter Morris).