Baseball junkies, have you ever watched a video of Walter Johnson pitching?

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    The video is poor quality, nearly 100 years old but it is fascinating to watch Walter Johnson's motion especially the last part of the video showing his game speed motion. Watch his back leg, it never comes off the pitching rubber! I have never seen anyone pitch like that but according to history Johnson pitched 21 seasons and never had a significant arm injury and was absolutely the best pitcher of his era and possibly of all time. You would think someone would try to emulate his motion, but I don't believe I've ever seen anyone do it. Even great side-armers like Kent Tekulve brought their back leg through after the pitch and they throw slow. Johnson was a pure fastball pitcher.

     
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    big time baseball junkie, first time though I ever saw his motion,...have you ever seen Juan Marichals ?

    My father taught me to pitch like him.


    If you've never seen Luis Tiant pitch you should check that out
     
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    don't see how he generated so much velocity, that was all arm.
     
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    I remember Luis Tiant and Juan Marichal very well. I liked them both I guess I've always been interested in pitchers with funky deliveries. When I pitched in little league I tried to pitch like Juan Marichal kicking my leg as high as I could. It didn't work out too well. lol
     
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    He wasn't a giant either they listed him at 6 1, 200 lbs. They didn't have radar guns but his fastball was measured at 92 mph in a munitions lab. I doubt any other pitcher in that era touched 90.
     
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    The way the ball hops around from that side arm motion and the strange angle it comes from were proly more than enough to tgive the batters fits. The guy won significantly more games than any one else so it obviously worked and well.
     
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    Hard to believe he could generate so much velocity with a sidearm motion and not much leverage from his legs

    His arms do seem very long
     
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    July 2, 1963: Marichal outduels Spahn in 16-inning thriller | Society for American Baseball Research

    At slightly past eight o’clock, Marichal took the Candlestick Park mound. Four hours and 15 innings later, he was still toiling there. And so was Warren Spahn–in a scoreless pitching duel.

    In the 16th, Marichal allowed a two-out single to Menke, and then registered his 48th out of the night on Larker’s comebacker to the mound. It was Marichal’s 227th pitch.

    When the Giants hit, Spahn retired Harvey Kuenn on a fly out. That brought up future Hall of Famer Mays, still hitless on the long night. Now, Mays drove Spahn’s first pitch through the teeth of the wind in left. The ball cleared the fence, and with that, a masterfully-pitched game dramatically ended. Marichal was the exhausted victor; Spahn, the valiantly defeated.
     
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    I think Cy Young may have won more
     
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    Wow! Can you imagine that happening today? If a pitcher completes a game, they practically name him a Cy Young candidate.
     
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