Long-time baseball announcer who had been the radio voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones for the past 10 years. More famously, used to fill-in for Mel Allen on This Week in Baseball in the 80's and later was the regular host of the show. He also used to call games for the Spartanburg Phillies in South Carolina in the 70's and had lots of stories of terrible crowds and ballparks that were falling apart, etc. Richmond Braves and Virginia Squires basketball as well.
He later would also work with the Baltimore Orioles.
He was preparing to call Brooklyn's season opener next week.
Was a true major league voice who was technically working in the minor leagues but got to do so in the biggest market.
He was always one of my faves. Very upbeat voice and delivery.
My filter is blocking those Bob and I'm too lazy to unblock them but I can't picture Fussell's face but once I read that I immediately could hear his voice saying something like "Mike Schmidt hit not one, not two, but three home runs at Veteran stadium this week against the Montreal Expos."
TWIB was the GOAT show back then. I can't believe that pre-1989 (When did ESPN start covering baseball?) you had to wait until Saturday morning to see a great play some shortstop made on Monday of that week. Times have changed. Still remember the Will Clark swing and the music that rolled during the intro/credits.
I'm curious as to why so many people rate Walker and Bundy ahead of Bauer. I never played baseball past little league but afaik a pitcher can have all the tools in the world but still has to be pretty smart pitching wise. By all accounts it seems like Bauer not only has the pitches but also has a very smart baseball mind. I mean, he's prepared his whole life for this. Didn't walker just start pitching in hs?
Hadn't heard of Dalkowski. It says he won bets by throwing a baseball through a wooden outfield fence from 15 feet away and also from throwing a ball over a wall 440 feet away. Jesus. Isn't it feasible to narrow down to a range of a few mph how hard you must throw to throw it 440 feet? Based on a reasonable range of trajectories?
I was working on this because any chance I can find in life to still make use of my physics degree makes me happy. Working on the assumption his release point is roughly equal to the height of the fence at 440, which seems reasonable considering his height and arm length, but I have no real clue what a reasonable angle for the ball to be released is. Not trying to detract from you Minor League discussion, but does anyone know what a reasonable release angle is? If not, I'll just do it for a range of angles tomorrow when I have access to my TI to satisfy my own curiosity.
Seems like it was around 38 degrees though I would have to double check. I thought the link was in this thread. I'll look for it. EDIT: Whoops nevermind it's in amazinmets thread. Will look for it. Here try this link Plugin might be disabled now.
Bob, "Gathering Crowds" is what was played during the Will Clark scene. Apparently those songs were composed by a guy who was in the band Manfred Mann in the '60s.
Yeah, I'm aware of the song's history. Didn't mention that stuff as I thought I was the only one who cared. Haha.
So looking at 37 degrees or so at 113 mph gets you to 438 feet. And I'm thinking it actually is possible for this guy. Seriously. If it was just a big legend or hyped-up myth you would get at least SOMEBODY saying, "yeah, I faced him. He was hard but I didn't really think he was THAT hard."
But you never had that. Everyone who saw him is all crazy about how he was so much faster than the next closest they had ever seen in their whole lives and that it wasn't even close. And these include a lot of people who be been in baseball for a really long time who have seen a lot of amazing ball-players...including Earl Weaver among others.
Other tales of him trying to throw home from deep outfield and he ended up launching it over the backstop, etc. Some of the tales are probably not true or are somewhat exaggerated. But many of them are probably true.
I'm skeptical, to say the least. Back then it just wasn't common to face some closer throwing 98 like every other game you play like it is today. This guy could have been a major outlier and still not thrown harder than 105. That would probably look like it was 115 to someone who rarely saw upper 90s. One piece of evidence that helps is that someone said he threw "much faster" than Nolan Ryan. Still I oculd see where maybe 105 would be considered "much faster". I mean, hell, it is much faster. This 110, 113, 120 stuff seems preposterous.
i think you need to launch the ball around 108 mph to throw 440 ft. thats a ****ing bomb, most guys cant even hit a baseball that far, and i think a ball that is thrown has more drag than something off a bat, but i could be way off.
and me personally, i guess i can only throw low 80's