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Ny Giants Newsbeat
Saturday, April 01, 2017
“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
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]
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.
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.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
“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.”
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