Originally Posted by SC Reds Fans
Great read...I do not know about the validity of the article, but who knows...nonetheless, a good read.
Hey, probably a dumb question, but "back-in-the-day", how hard did pitchers throw?
Guys ranging from Walter Johnson to Cy Young to Sandy Koufax...granted they didn't have radar guns, but at least some intelligent guesses? Always wondered if pitchers nowadays throw noticeable harder or is it close?
I'm not entirely sure of the overall premise, although the leg thing is something I've heard time and again. I remember Seaver always said that the legs were his important element, even to the point that if his one knee wasn't dirty, he knew he wasn't coming off right.
Regarding Feller, who the other poster mentioned, he once said of Satchel Paige, that Satchel's fastball made his looking like a "change of pace".
One thing that occurred to me is that in those days, you were at the mercy of your ownership. If they said "Pitch", you pitched and guys like Dizzy Dean, who injured himself in the All Star game (leg?) tried to pitch through it and shortened his career. And I once emailed Marty during a game and asked him to comment about Reds great Jim Maloney and what he would have been on the Reds in the early 70's if the surgery known as Tommy John surgery was known as "Jim Maloney surgery" - he was about two years to early.
But I think stamina is huge problem and its why we see so few complete games.