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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2018 12:23 am
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WongLee wrote: This is what I can't understand and I've never heard a good explanation of why. How could guys like Cy Young, Iron Joe McGinnity and Walter Johnson, throw 400 plus innings year in and year out, strike out well over 300 guys a year, and have 20 year careers?
They weren’t throwing as hard or a variety of pitches. It was all fastball curve and despite some tall tales that can’t be proven in the days before radar guns, they were probably topping out in the 80s. And even so, some of these guys put their bodies through torture that would never be allowed today. I’ve read that Old Hoss Radbourn couldn’t brush his teeth or comb his hair during the off-season because his arm was so fucked up. That was after he won a record 59 games, pitching approximately every other day. During the deadball era, he probably was throwing the equivalent of what softball pitchers throw today, but he still basically destroyed his arm. 

I also think in all seriousness that natural strength from farming or manual labor, which is what all these guys had, preserved the arm a lot more than weight training. 

Last edited on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 12:44 am by srossi



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