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It's also been said he threw over 120 MPH, because I just read this sentence out loud.
Shouldn't someone, somewhere, given all the phds who need to do original research, have figured out both the farthest a human arm can throw, and the fastest? Someone, somewhere, has that information. We need to know!
I'd tend to think that if even 105 mph was reachable then sustainable we would have seen it.
Let's not get hung up on "thrown", when we have lots of data on "batted".
"It's interesting that they note him throwing a ball over a 400-foot fence"
Neyer wrote about this anecdote in his book on legends and it looks likely that it isn't a true anecdote.
So, something like 440 feet seems to be the upper bound, with most of the hardest throwers in MLB being able to throw a distance around 430 feet.
On a rate basis the legendary Bill Bene* came close a few years, 18.7 bb/9, 15.2... but in very small sample sizes, career bb/9 was 9.5 (Dalkowski's was 11.8) Bene's carer K/9 was 8.8, Dalkowski's records are incomplete but he was almost certainly over 10/9.
34. RayBot Posted: July 08, 2013 at 02:35 PM (#4487894)
Dalkowski had a good arm. Not a great one. Virtually every strong-armed kid in high school could throw 110 if they wanted to. And they would if there was any money in it. They just prefer to throw strikes, which is why some of them will make the majors, which Dalkowski didn't even do.
His wildness allows for a couple good stories, which I guess is why people were fooled into thinking his arm strength is special. I see nothing remarkable about it.
I also wonder whether a player can throw the ball as quickly on a maximum-distance trajectory (elevated) as he can when throwing 60 feet. I imagine you get at least a little more acceleration when allowed to throw like a pitcher.
I see nothing remarkable about it.
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