Ultimately, the play was ruled a “no pitch” as both the catcher and umpire stood on shock, trying to figure out what had exactly happened. The bird in question was a dove and perished right there after being hit by a Johnson fast ball that was said to be traveling at between 100 and 103 miles-per-hour.
It’s iconic. At some point in all of our lives—either by sheer luck, the YouTube algorithm or a recommendation from a friend—we happen upon the truly unbelievable video of Randy Johnson hitting a bird with a pitch.
Completely unofficial and no record books have ever been kept. The following pitchers had no problem with their pitch count, at least for one inning, as they started the inning, threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.
In 1987, Joey Meyer, playing for the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs, launched this ball an astonishing 582 FEET!
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made history on April 22, 2018 – three years ago Friday – when he worked a 21-pitch at-bat during San Francisco’s 4-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Belt hit 16 foul balls in the first-inning battle against Jaime Barria that ended in a fly ball to right field.
“Played A-ball against Carlton,” Palmer said. “I remember a skinny left-hander throwing about 91 or 92 [mph]. Not a hard thrower.
Definition. A screwball is a breaking ball designed to move in the opposite direction of just about every other breaking pitch. It is one of the rarest pitches thrown in baseball, mostly because of the tax it can put on a pitcher’s arm.
The Fastest Pitch Ever: Aroldis Chapman’s 106 MPH Heater
On September 24, 2010, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who hails from Cuba, delivered a 105.1-mph fastball, measured by Statcast, in a game against the San Diego Padres, which is recognized as the Guinness World Record for fastest pitch ever.
On April 23, 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt . 45s became the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and lose. In fact, he is still the only individual to throw an official (nine-inning) no-hitter and lose.
This week in 1983, Yankees superstar Dave Winfield threw a ball during a game against the Blue Jays in Toronto that hit and killed a seagull.
Pitches. Johnson in the prime of his career combined a blazing 96-101 mph fastball, in his later years his fastball with the Yankees has dipped to 88-94, and a slider which dives down and in at the last second away from lefties and into righties.
But on Thursday, Harper actually hit the cover off a baseball. It happened in the second inning against the Orioles during his second at-bat — and it happened on a measly tapper that bounced in front of the plate and rolled a few feet foul.
On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, Randy Johnson, pitching for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Arizona Diamondbacks, threw a perfect game, beating the Atlanta Braves 2–0 at Turner Field in Atlanta before a crowd of 23,381.
Clemens was said to throw “two pitches: a 98-mph fastball and a hard breaking ball.
Jhoan Duran is first in MLB history to throw 100 mph off-speed pitch.
Necciai is best remembered for the unique feat of striking out 27 batters in a nine-inning game, which he accomplished while playing with the Class-D Appalachian League team, the Bristol Twins, on May 13, 1952. He is the only pitcher ever to do so in a nine-inning, professional-league game.
B.J. Ryan, a pitcher, once earned a win without actually throwing a pitch.
It seems like a waste to throw those baseballs away, so what happens to those discarded baseballs? In the MLB, discarded baseballs don’t get reused at all. Discarded baseballs go through a process to get authenticated and sold in MLB shops as used memorabilia.