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Ty Cobb describes his first at-bat against Walter Perry Johnson

On August 2, 1907, I encountered the most threatening sight ...
Penis Sword Fights
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pooncream
  06/07/19
they tested his fastball using a contraption designed to tes...
hours-hungry BILLPIG
  06/07/19
Walter Johnson had 531 complete games over his career. Pitch...
Guy Debord
  06/07/19
they tested him to measure his speed (not in a game where he...
hours-hungry BILLPIG
  06/07/19
old-timey baseball was 180. Read Glory of Their Times if you...
Guy Debord
  06/07/19
Walter Johnson was a badass. The dude pitched 110 shutouts ...
Hombre 3000
  06/07/19
Pongo Joe Cantillon of the Nats, folks
peep show
  06/07/19
He has to go back
waiting for the great leap forward
  08/10/19
“Tall, shambling galoot” would make a great moni...
Voodoo Child
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Penis Sword Fights
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Penis Sword Fights
  08/10/19
Nolan Ryan is the fastest
Metal Up Your Ass
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Penis Sword Fights
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Penis Sword Fights
  01/18/20
I would have been a pro athlete in the 40s ljl
Leftism is a mental disease
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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:02 AM
Author: Penis Sword Fights

On August 2, 1907, I encountered the most threatening sight I ever saw in the ball field. He was a rookie, and we licked our lips as we warmed up for the first game of a doubleheader in Washington. Evidently, manager Pongo Joe Cantillon of the Nats had picked a rube out of the cornfields of the deepest bushes to pitch against us. ... He was a tall, shambling galoot of about twenty, with arms so long they hung far out of his sleeves, and with a sidearm delivery that looked unimpressive at first glance. ... One of the Tigers imitated a cow mooing, and we hollered at Cantillon: 'Get the pitchfork ready, Joe—your hayseed's on his way back to the barn.'

... The first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him. ... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park.[8]

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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:16 AM
Author: pooncream



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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:23 AM
Author: hours-hungry BILLPIG

they tested his fastball using a contraption designed to test military projectiles that implies he was throwing low 90s when measured in the same way as today.

it is absolutely astonishing how much better both pitchers and hitters are today. in every at bat, hitters face dudes throwing high 90s with a sick offspeed pitch

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4278202&forum_id=2#38353845)



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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:26 AM
Author: Guy Debord

Walter Johnson had 531 complete games over his career. Pitchers back then paced themselves-- you didn't throw your hardest every pitch like some modern reliever throwing to two batters. I understand the argument that players today have better training, etc. But my guess is that if he was born in 1990 instead of the 19th century, he would still be an awesome pitcher.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4278202&forum_id=2#38353853)



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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:44 AM
Author: hours-hungry BILLPIG

they tested him to measure his speed (not in a game where he's pacing himself but in a special testing facility) and he hit low 90s. walter might have been able to goose up to mid 90s for a 5-inning start but he'd be a Kyle Hendricks, not a Verlander.

also implies the average pitcher back then must have really fucking sucked. i'm glad we don't have good footage because i like having the illusion of the old timers as megastuds

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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:23 AM
Author: Guy Debord

old-timey baseball was 180. Read Glory of Their Times if you haven't already.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4278202&forum_id=2#38353847)



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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:25 AM
Author: Hombre 3000 (❄️CocaineMitch@senate.gov❄️)

Walter Johnson was a badass. The dude pitched 110 shutouts and 531 complete games. Also batted .235 for his career.

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Date: June 7th, 2019 11:27 AM
Author: peep show

Pongo Joe Cantillon of the Nats, folks

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Date: August 10th, 2019 3:42 AM
Author: waiting for the great leap forward (ggtp)

He has to go back

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Date: June 7th, 2019 12:02 PM
Author: Voodoo Child

“Tall, shambling galoot” would make a great moniker.

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Date: August 10th, 2019 3:35 AM
Author: Penis Sword Fights



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Date: August 10th, 2019 3:36 AM
Author: Penis Sword Fights



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Date: August 10th, 2019 3:44 AM
Author: Metal Up Your Ass

Nolan Ryan is the fastest

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Date: October 6th, 2019 4:54 PM
Author: Penis Sword Fights



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Date: January 14th, 2020 12:02 PM
Author: Penis Sword Fights



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Date: January 18th, 2020 6:33 PM
Author: Penis Sword Fights



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Date: January 18th, 2020 6:47 PM
Author: Leftism is a mental disease

I would have been a pro athlete in the 40s ljl

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