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02/14/2007

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Mark J O'Donnell

Whoa! I don't remember a thing about it. I will forward it to Kevin, he is older and may well remember.

Just stumbled across this page on a facebook repost by Mike Davis.

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GaryF

I was one of the 13,000 or so. Straight "A" ticket night - Anyway, it was not a "doofus pitch" (although that's what the hitter sometimes looked like trying to hit it) it was called "eefus pitch" (see http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/a-brief-history-of-the-eephus-pitch) Basically, was a lob toss that was started way over the batter's head and fell somewhere around just outside the strike zone, probably at a speed of about 30 MPH. Difficult to hit by MLB hitters because it came in at a steep angle, like a slow pitch softball and hitters weren't used to the speed or trajectory. It was made famouns by a guy name Rip Sewell. Simmons used a "herky jerky" kind of release that really made it difficult. I never saw him use it other than with Hank Aaron. If you watch this old news reeel, you will see Rip Sewell toss a couple to Ted Williams in 1946 all star game.

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Brother Tim

A find childhood memory. I think we got freshly baked doughnuts after the game--still warm and that may have been the first time I'd had any that fresh.

Cardsfan

I was also at this game, when I was 15 years old. When I've tried to describe the pitch I saw, I called it a "doofus pitch," which I don't think is an official term, but an apt description of the lob by Curt Simmons.

Thanks for refreshing and verifying my recollection of the event.

Maven

Great story! I'm not much of a baseball buff, but I really enjoyed this little bit of history. Thanks.

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