Author Topic: A Sad Day: Walter Johnson Died, December 10, 1946  (Read 364 times)

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Offline HondoKillebrew

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I saw a TV special on him on the MLB Network a while back.  Somehow they calculated that his fastball topped out at 83MPH.

Different times, for sure...

Seems there were wide variations in the early mechanisms for measuring the speed of pitches.  According to the link below, he was indeed measured at 83 in the first measurements of the velocity of any pitcher, but he was also measured at 91 mph in another test and at 99 in yet another. 

http://scoutee.co/the-historic-quest-for-speed-in-baseball/