History Detectives: A Baseball, Secret Handshake & a Gusher

History Detectives: A Baseball, Secret Handshake & a Gusher

Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m.

America’s top gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

First up: Seattle man has a baseball, given to him by his father, that is autographed by baseball icon Dizzy Dean. The ball is dated July 12, 1944, and his father claims he played catcher in a wartime ballgame that brought together two legendary pitchers: Dizzy Dean and Negro League star Satchel Paige. Did the ball herald racial integration?

Then, a contributor in Terre Haute, Indiana, has a tiny brass eyeglass that, when peered through, reveals an image of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The detectives travel to New York and Virginia to examine the intricacies of microphotography and the truth behind a possible sympathizer "secret handshake."

Finally, on June 1st, 1909, Howard Hughes Sr. packed a secret invention into the trunk of his car and drove off into the Texas plains. At an oil well near Goose Creek, Texas, a crew of workers watched in awe as Hughes showed off his new creation: a twin-cone roller rock bit that would ultimately allow oilmen around the world to tap into previously unreachable oil reserves. But was it in fact Hughes who invented this device?

Pictured, left to right: Wes Cowan, Gwen Wright, Tukufu Zuberi, Elyse Luray and Eduardo Pagan.