Thanks to Rich and Danny of baseball 101...here is my childhood baseball memory...as best I can remember it anyway
My memory is of a baseball league I had formed with a number of neighborhood kids.I don't remember the year...but it was many years ago.
It was like a regular little league and I was made the statistician,as I was the math wiz and everyone knew I would enjoy doing this.
We had a spring training...although March in November,with some snow still on the ground...made it a bit rough...but we were kids..we didn't care..it was BASEBALL!
One of our special guest players was a pitcher from the local Double A baseball franchise the Millers.They were the affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Rick would see us play and asked if he could join us on his off days...and we were like....COOL....of course!
I was a pitcher...a pretty good one actually.As a pitcher,I wasn't much of a hitter(is any pitcher?LOL)...but did get a bunch of singles and doubles...but that is all. Pitching was my game....I taught myself a number of pitches that one day would haunt me...but as a kid....was so cool..because no one could hit me....including the Pro Player! We kept trying to out pitch each other though(Big Mistake)...LOL
I taught myself this submarining curveball that I would throw directly at the batter and it would break over the plate(most of the time!)Hence I had kids dancing around at home plate thinking I was gonna hit them and it would come back and be a strike.If they hung in there..and it didn't break....PLUNK!
I also taught myself how to throw the screwball and knuckleball..which I also used...I threw a blooper ball(The eephus pitch)too...which no one throws anymore in the big leagues since Dave Laroche....The Ol LaLob!
I just went and dug out a box that had our stats for that year...I pitched 273 1/3 innings and had 498 strikeouts and 49 HBP...god I am a packrat!LOL
As you can tell,that was a lot of pitches I threw for someone so young...and they were herky jerky types and I ended up throwing out my arm..today,I can't even skip a rock across the water without going ouch...LOL
OH BUT it was so much fun playing the great american pastime....back in those days..it was all for the love of the game and not the $$$$$ today's players are so in love with.
The epilogue here...our good friend the minor league pitcher ended up throwing out his arm as well and had to retire from baseball not soon after....I hope I didn't have anything to do with that...LOL