The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on June 19, 1960 · Page 117
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The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri · Page 117

Kansas City, Missouri
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Sunday, June 19, 1960
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SPORTS Sandy Koufax: Dodger strikeout artist once fanned 18 Giants Ryne Durnn: Near-sighted Yank flame-thrower scares the whole league Hath Scorn: Tough-luck kid is trying hard for comeback uith White Sox after injuries Bob Turlny: In-and-out Yankee righthander was clocked at 90.75 mph Don Drytdain: His sidearm delivery is hard on right-handers Who's the fastest pitcher? By LESLIE LIEBER Charles Horbutt' Rookh Vi. champ: Oriole southpuu\ Steve Barber^ pitches to Chicago*s Luis Aparicio Baseball fans bave been arming for years. Now, bere’s tbe answer! hich major-league pitcher throws the fastest fast ball? Players, sports writers and fans have been arguing this point since Abner Doubleday was in the Little League. But though baseball’s Great Debate has gone on every season without ietup, nobody has ever actually tried to get an answer to it. This year we figured it was time that science, busy calculating the speed of rockets to the sun, turned its attention to a problem nearer home plate. Science, in the form of a high-speed camera, co-o|»erated, and for the first time in baseball history we have the real answer to who throws the fastest pitch. The answer is one that will surprise a lot of fans — and we think quite a few players, too. But before we divulge it, we’ll explain how we arrived at it. Several years ago Continued on next page

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