Talkin' Baseball
Just happened to remember this today. When I was 14 years old I had the strange privilege of watching Steve Dalkowski, the fastest pitcher who ever lived. By that time, after seven hard years in pro ball, about a million drinks, and a severe elbow injury that spring, his fastball had diminished to "mere" Nolan Ryan levels, but he was still something to see. He had gone to Spring training with the Orioles that year, and was unhittable. He had made the big club, and he even got his picture on a 1963 baseball card, but his spring injury got him sent down to Rochester, and he never made it back up. Sorry to say, Dalkowski didn't do anything extraordinary when I watched him, but he did plenty throughout his career. Dalkowski was a small guy, maybe 5'8', 160, with a gift like nobody ever had before or since. His skinny left arm could propel a fastball about 115 mph when he was young. To place that in perspective, Dalkowski at his peak was about as much faster than Nolan Ryan as Ryan was faster than Hoyt Wilhelm. Unfortunately, he had two major weaknesses to keep him from the majors:

1. The bottle

2. Even when he was sober, he had severe control problems. Not right-left problems, no, he could get it over the plate, but sometimes it was 40 feet over the plate. His ball curved upward so much that he couldn't control it at all. If he skimmed the grass, he was barely able to keep it from rising above the strike zone by the time it got to the batter.

On August 31, 1957, he struck out 24 batters in a minor league game - and lost! He also issued 18 walks in that game, hit four very unlucky guys, threw six wild pitches, and allowed 9 runs. He finished that year with an average of 18 strikeouts per game, but actually walked more than he struck out. Former Yankees manager Bob Lemon said the best Dalkowski exploit he saw was when Steve hit a guy in the back - and the guy was standing in line to buy a hot dog! He also hit an announcer up in the booth once, and finished the one season at Stockton with 262 strikeouts and 262 walks.

Sound familiar? Dalkowski played in the minors with a guy named Ron Shelton. Shelton is the guy who wrote the screenplay for Bull Durham. The character of Nuke la Loosh was a tall good-looking version of Dalkowski, right down to the exact stats from his 1960 Stockton season! For more about this fireballing legend, his strange baseball career, and his sad post-baseball decline, go here.

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