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While warming up one day, he threw the ball wildly and it sailed over the head of his catcher and to the screen. “The fans got a big kick out of it and the sportswriters played it up,” Duren remembered. “So now and then I'd throw my first warm-up pitch onto the screen. [Coach] Frank Crosetti encouraged me to do it because he said it put a little extra fear in the opponents.” Duren's wildness took on a life of its own. When Jimmy Piersall was on-deck studying his pitches, Duren purposely threw at him knocking him down; thus another degree of wildness, one that endangered even the on-deck batter was born. ( SABR Bio project)
Between 1900-1970, the average height of a man in the US increased from 67 to 70 inches, and the height of baseball players went up by the same amount. However, the same doesn't quite appear to be true as far as weight goes. Sure, it has increased almost steadily, but the rate of increase has gone up sharply in the past couple of decades. Between 1940 and 1990, the average pitcher and hitter increased by only five pounds each. But in the past 20 years, batters have gained 20 lbs, and pitchers 25. (A study from 2010)
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