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Postby Arlo » Sat Feb 22, 2003 11:02 am

Ted Williams once described a pitcher as throwing so hard, he couldn't see the ball. Name the pitcher the Splendid Splinter was talking about.
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Postby goody1313 » Sat Feb 22, 2003 3:27 pm

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Postby Arlo » Sat Feb 22, 2003 5:39 pm

Nope...
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Postby goody1313 » Sat Feb 22, 2003 5:48 pm

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Postby Arlo » Sun Feb 23, 2003 9:17 am

Good guess, but this pitcher supposedly threw even harder than feller. 8-o
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Postby metsfan1969 » Sun Feb 23, 2003 9:30 am

Nice one Lord Arlo.

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Postby Arlo » Sun Feb 23, 2003 9:39 am

Got it! Yeech, can't even stump you guys with players who never made it past spring training... :-D

Dalkowski was quite something, wasn't he? (I'm not buying the 110 mph, though...)

'Lord' Arlo? O:-)
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Postby metsfan1969 » Sun Feb 23, 2003 9:48 am

Feller once claimed he threw over 107 mph. I'm sure Ryan got it up in that range occasionally too. These guys were freaks.

Here a just a few examples of how Dalkowski gained legendary status:

•One night at Kingsport, Dalkowski threw a pitch that tore off part of a batter's ear :~( . "It made me so scared, I didn't even want to look at it," said Dalkowski. Many people believe after this incident Dalkowski feared one of errant pitches would kill someone and that only contributed more to his wildness.

•Dalkowski won a $5 bet with teammate Herman Starrette, who said Dalkowski couldn't throw a baseball through a wall. Dalkowski warmed up and then moved 15 feet away from the wooden outfield fence. His first pitch went right through the boards.

•In one minor league game, Dalkowski threw three pitches that penetrated the backstop and sent fans scattering :-o .

•In a high school game, Dalkowski threw a no-hit, no-run game with 18 strikeouts and 18 walks 8-o .

•In an Eastern League game, Dalkowski struck out 27 and walked 16 while throwing 283 pitches. In another game, he was pulled in the second inning after throwing 120 pitches.

•At Aberdeen in the Northern League, Dalkowski threw a one-hitter and lost 9-8.

•In 1960 at Class A Stockton, Dalkowski threw a pitch that broke an umpire's mask in three places, knocking him 18 feet back and sending him to a hospital for three days with a concussion !+) .

•In 1959, Dalkowski set a Northern League record with 21 strikeouts in a game.

•In 1960 at Stockton on the California League, Dalkowski struck out 19 and limited Reno to four hits
but walked nine and lost 8-3.

Yes, Lord Arlo :-D
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Postby Arlo » Sun Feb 23, 2003 10:25 am

Some of those are pretty frightening... 8-o

It's a shame he never made it.
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Postby metsfan1969 » Sun Feb 23, 2003 11:26 pm

Would have been fun to watch :-D
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