Archive for the ‘Baseball’ Category

Baseball vs. Football

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

My momma always said that football was ritualized warfare.

Stealing Home: It’s a Good Thing

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It was a delight watching Jacoby Ellsbury swipe home plate against the Yankees last night (an advantage of having a Red Sox fan as a roommate). I’ve always wanted to see a steal of home in a live game!

Yankees Red Sox Baseball

Go Sox!

Play Ball!

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

In honor of the start of the baseball season (and the Braves’ 4-1 defeat of the defending World Champion Phillies), I present to you the curious case of Steve Dalkowski, possibly the fastest pitcher who ever pitched, yet never made it to the majors. Among his career highlights:

- In high school, he had an 18-strikeout, 18-walk no-hitter.

- On Aug. 31, 1957, in an Appalachian League game, Dalkowski struck out 24, walked 18, hit four batters, threw six wild pitches, and lost 8-4.

- In one Northern League game, Dalkowski threw a one-hitter, striking out 15, but walked 17 and lost 9-8.

- In the California League, he threw a four-hitter, striking out 19, but lost 8-3.

- In one extra-inning game in the Eastern League, Dalkowski struck out 27 batters and walked 16 while throwing 283 pitches.

- One time he was pulled in the second inning after throwing 120 pitches.

- A Dalkowski pitch once tore off part of a batter’s ear.

- A Dalkowski pitch once struck a batter on the helmet and the ball rebounded to second base.

He may also have been the basis for the charater “Nuke” LaLoosh in the seminal baseball film Bull Durham.