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Saturday, April 01, 2017

When Lefty O’Doul Spoke, DiMaggio and Williams Listened

“No one will ever change [my swing] and if anything ever goes wrong with it, I’ll go back to Lefty and get it straightened out.”—Ted Williams

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O’Doul was eager to let New York baseball fans know the treat they were in for, insisting that DiMaggio was as good as any player ever to come out of the pcl. “Barring injuries,” said Lefty, “he will be voted the Most Valuable Player in the American League in three years.” [Editor’s note: Lefty was off by a year: DiMaggio claimed his first AL MVP in 1939]

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Before Lefty O’Doul came along, it was widely assumed that hit­ting was instinctive—although one might improve with experi­ence, batters had to hit their own way; they could not be taught.

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O’Doul became the next “scientific hitter,” and he began to pro­duce results with his instruction. It was revolutionary. In 1948 the Hillerich & Bradsby Company, maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, asked O’Doul to write a feature on hitting for their Famous Slugger Yearbook.

gehrig97 Posted: April 01, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe dimaggio, lefty o'doul, ny giants, ted williams

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Bizarre Ending to Pitching’s Greatest Winning Streak

Oddly enough, some people believed that Rube could have possibly followed the same path as the woman had his winning streak continued.  Players from Brooklyn’s squad commented after Marquard had made it nineteen wins in a row that a few more consecutive victories would have made him a prime candidate for the bughouse.

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“Did you ever work at a given task until you felt it was ‘getting’ to you – that you couldn’t think of anything else when you were awake and that your sleep was troubled with dreams of it?” pondered Marquard. “It was getting on my nerves.  Why, several nights I went to bed and the moment I closed my eyes the air became full of baseballs, gloves, and bats. I could see players running to me as though they were going to annihilate me.  When I would finally get to sleep, I was pitching ball all night.  When I awoke in the morning I felt as if I hadn’t rested a bit.”

gehrig97 Posted: February 23, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brooklyn, hall of fame, history, ny giants, rube marquard

 

 

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