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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

 

 

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