Re: RedsZone Hall of Fame - Starting Pitchers, J-P
I voted for:
Jenkins, John, Johnson, Joss, Kaat, Keefe, Koufax, Lemon, Marichal, Mathewson, Mays, McGinnity, Morris, Newhouser, Nichols, P. Niekro, Palmer, Perry, and Plank.
I thought that Johnson, Mathewson, Koufax, Marichal, Palmer, Perry, Newhouser, and Plank were automatic choices.
A brief anecdote regarding Walter Johnson:
A few years ago, I was working on a research project on the history of the local high school basketball team, and I spent a lot of time reading old newspapers in the archives. Anyway, I was reading through papers from the winter months (basketball season) during the 20's, and I noticed that there was a syndicated column called "Ask Walter Johnson". Readers could write c/o their local newspaper, and ask the Big Train questions about baseball. One letter that caught my eye was something along the lines of,
What is the best pitch to throw?"
Walter replied, "I am firmly of the belief that the best pitch when the game is on the line is, and always has been, a good fastball. I would be a better pitcher today if I had relied on my fastball more when I was younger, instead of throwing breaking pitches." I was amazed! Here was a man who is still considered nearly 100 years later to be one of the greatest strikeout artists of all time commenting (earnestly, in my opinion) that he could have been even better than he was if he hadn't become infatuated with the curveball as a young man.
Last edited by Big Klu; 02-13-2006 at 07:52 PM.