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In the News (Sat 25 May 19)

  
  The Eephus Pitch
The purest junk -- the junkiest pitch in history -- is the Eephus pitch, invented by Rip Sewell of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the thirties.
The Eephus pitch was an insult: they wanted to pulverize it, kill it, crush it.
Sewell rode the Eephus pitch, and the rest of his repertoire, to a 143-97 lifetime record.
www.thebaseballpage.com /features/2000/eephus.htm   (1632 words)

  
 Pitches - BR Bullpen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The pitch was popularized by the pitching staffs of Roger Craig in the 1980s but led to many injuries and is less popular now.
Many trick pitches are banned nowadays, such as the spitter and doctoring the Baseball with pine tar, but there are those pitches that don't use outside substances.
Eephus (also spelled "ephus") An eephus pitch, invented by Rip Sewell of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1930s, is impossibly slow, usually with a very high arching trajectory.
www.baseball-reference.com /bullpen/Pitches   (2001 words)

  
 BBC - h2g2 - Trick Pitches in Baseball
Trick pitches are non-standard (ie, not fastball, slider, sinker, splitter, change-up, or curveball) pitches made in baseball.
Eephus pitches and screwballs have a tendency to be hit sharply downward, so infielders need to be prepared to block balls skipping towards the outfield.
However, eephus pitches may also be hit in the air to the no-man's land between the infielders and outfielders.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A536500   (1543 words)

  
 Pitch (baseball) Encyclopedia Article @ Pitched.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In baseball, a pitch is the act of throwing a baseball toward home plate to start a play.
The fastball is the most common pitch in baseball, and all pitchers have some form of a fastball in their arsenal.
The changeup is the staple off-speed pitch, usually thrown to look like a fastball but arriving much slower to the plate.
www.pitched.org /encyclopedia/Pitch_(baseball)   (457 words)

  
 Eephus pitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In baseball, an Eephus pitch is a “junk pitch” which “has nothing on it.” The pitch has very little velocity and catches the hitter off-guard.
The Eephus pitch is thrown overhand like most pitches, but is characterized by an unusual high arcing trajectory and corresponding slow velocity, bearing more resemblance to a slow-pitch softball delivery than to a traditional baseball pitch.
It is considered a trick pitch because, in comparison to normal baseball pitches (which run from 70 to 100 miles per hour), an Eephus pitch appears to move in slow motion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eephus_pitch   (653 words)

  
 Lobbying effort | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The LaLob was essentially an Eephus pitch, the history of which dates back to the 1930s when a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher by the name of Rip Sewell threw it.
An Eephus pitch in the sport of baseball is a junk pitch which has "nothing on it" – little velocity and catches the hitter off-guard.
It is considered a trick pitch because in comparison with normal baseball pitches (70 to 100 mph), an Eephus pitch appears to move in slow motion.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040830/news_lz1s30majmo.html   (1305 words)

  
 SirKodiak's Pitch Guide - Sports Mogul Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
A breaking pitch is a pitch that moves, laterally and/or down, but has neither the speed of a fastball nor is as slow as a changeup.
Various pitches have at one time have been called knuckleballs, but today it refers to a pitch where the pitcher puts either the finger tips or knuckles of his first two fingers on the ball and throws it with as little spin as possible.
A pitch thrown where the surface has been scuffed, cut, or otherwise marred by use of sandpaper, emeryboard, sharpened belt buckle, etc. Used to give the pitcher a better grip for a sharper breaking ball and/or move erracticly due to disturbance of the airflow.
www.sportsmogul.com /vbulletin2/showthread.php?t=107020   (5063 words)

  
 1943 NL Mathewson Award
Lanier pitched for 14 years, most of them with the Cardinals; he was never a durable pitcher, and missed two entire seasons (1947-1948) before making a comeback in 1949.
I presume that Pollet left for the war midway through the season; he did not pitch in the World Series (which the Cardinals lost to the Yankees), and did not pitch again until 1946, when he reasserted himself as one of the best pitchers in the league.
The Eephus pitch is like a pitch thrown in slow-pitch softball; it is thrown way up in the air, then slowly drops down into the catchers mitt.
venus.lunarpages.com /~double2/History/400Pages/nlcy1943.html   (577 words)

  
 Ask The Experts | BaseballLibrary.com
A: According to Paul Dickson's The Baseball Dictionary, the "eephus pitch" was first used by Pittsburgh Pirates starter Rip Sewell.
After the game, manager Frankie Frisch asked Sewell what he called the pitch, and Pirates outfielder Maurice Van Robays replied "that's an eephus pitch." When Sewell asked him what an eephus was, Van Robays said, "Eephus ain't nuthin'." From then on, Sewell called it the eephus pitch.
The most he gave up in any one season was 20, which he did in 1982 while pitching for the Houston Astros.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/features/experts/05_02_01.stm   (636 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - El Duque's trick pitch is finally solved   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Pitching at the highest level is all about changing speeds and location, of course.
Yesterday at Yankee Stadium, during a game that was the first live Webcast in MLB history, Hernandez gave his "eephus" pitch a workout.
It's a curveball that goes about 46 mph, and he can throw it for strikes, although the pitch so discombobulated one umpire that he called one perfect eephus a "ball" last week.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/dailypitch/2002-08-27-pitch_x.htm   (893 words)

  
 Unusual pitching styles - Baseball Fever
Sewell's "eephus" was produced by a hunting accident that subsequently made him not go to war, and it caused him to throw the pitch, which looped the ball 20-25 feet high en route to the strike zone.
The pitch was "re-created" during the 60's by reliever Steve Hamilton, redubbed "the Folly Floater", so that his career could be extended.
It was virtually impossible for the batter to time the pitch, because he just stood there on the rubber, and suddenly THREW the ball- he gave nothing away in the way of body language.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?p=7594   (2270 words)

  
 Rip Sewell | BaseballLibrary.com
The injury led to the development of his famous blooper pitch, or "eephus," as it was dubbed by teammate Maurice Van Robays.
Ted Williams hit an eephus pitch for his second home run in the 1946 All-Star Game.
The pitch is more than a gag, and Sewell is on his way to a 20-win season.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/ballplayers/S/Sewell_Rip.stm   (676 words)

  
 Oddball Pitches   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Odd ball pitches are those that are lessor known and less frequently used than the glamour pitches the blazing fastball and sharp breaking curveball or slider.
It should be noted that until recently the "Splitter" would be classified as an oddball pitch.
The Eephus pitch which is the least frequently used pitch is an effective tool for upsetting the batters timing.
www.thepitchingprof.com /pitches/pitch_18.htm   (143 words)

  
 The Eephus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
EEPHUS … this pitch is thrown with the arc of a slow pitch softball.
The purpose is to get the batter to swing and produce a pop-up or fyball out.
In 14 years in the majors Rick Sewell gave up only two home runs with this pitch one to Babe Ruth and one to Ted Williams.
www.thepitchingprof.com /pitches/pitch_19.htm   (69 words)

  
 Amazon.com: T.J.'s Secret Pitch (AllStar SportStory Series): Books: Fred Bowen,Jim Thorpe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
While reading "T.J.'s Secret Pitch" I recalled the painful memory of our team losing a game to of the second division teams because the pitcher was throwing the ball so slow nobody could hit him.
He is the team's second baseman, but he has been practicing pitching all summer long, learning how to move the ball around the strike zone.
In the case of "T.J.'s Secret Pitch" that would be the example of Rip Sewell and his infamous eephus pitch.
www.amazon.com /T-J-Secret-Pitch-AllStar-SportStory/dp/1561451193   (1349 words)

  
 Fogg experiments with slow curve   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
But his biggest concern was the predictability of his pitching patterns.
A solution, or rather an adjustment, was proposed by pitching coach Spin Williams.
While it may not rival the hump-backed eephus pitch that Rip Sewell baffled hitters with in the 1940s, Fogg takes a lot off the pitch to get an exaggerated drop.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/04081/288953.stm   (814 words)

  
 Is the strike zone a three dimensional cube or a one way street?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Most non-junkball pitches come in with enough velocity to make us think of the strike zone as a a two dimension square.
If a pitch such as an eephus arcs in from above and nicks the back of the strike zone cube without passing the beginning of the plate as a strike, is it still a strike?
An obsolete rule from 1907 says "A fairly delivered ball is a ball pitched or thrown to the bat by the pitcher while standing in his position and facing the batsman that passes over any portion of the home base, before touching the ground, not lower than the batsman's knee, nor higher than his shoulder.
ilx.wh3rd.net /thread.php?msgid=6280080   (297 words)

  
 All Star '99 / Boston.com / Baseball
The next pitch was another moonball, outside for ball one.
After sneaking a fastball past Williams to run the count to 1-2, Sewell tried another eephus pitch and Williams literally stepped into the ball and smacked it into the bullpen.
According to Sewell, Williams was the only man who ever hit an eephus pitch for a home run.
graphics.boston.com /allstar99/news/all_classic_070198.htm   (1048 words)

  
 Nashville Sounds
-- A pitch that appears to be out of the strike zone, but then breaks back over the plate.
-- A screwball, a pitch that breaks to the opposite side as a curveball.
Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate.
www.nashvillesounds.com /kids/baseballlingo.asp   (685 words)

  
 CNNSI.com - Baseball - El Duque, Soriano too much for Rangers - Monday August 26, 2002 07:46 PM
Yet on big day for the New York Yankees' bats, most of the talk was about one pitch: a blooper by Orlando Hernandez that Alex Rodriguez blasted.
He drew a laugh from Rodriguez in the opening inning when he threw a blooper pitch for a ball.
El Duque decided to come back with the same pitch, and Rodriguez timed it perfectly and launched it over the left-field fence for a solo home run.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/news/2002/08/26/rangers_yankees_ap   (812 words)

  
 1943 NL CY YOUNG AWARD
BB The Cardinals' pitching staff was far and away the best in the league.
I don't want to seriously suggest that the Eephus pitch was Sewell's bread and butter pitch; he was a legitimately good pitcher, and won 148 games in his career.
Sewell liked to brag that no hitter ever hit a home run off the Eephus during a real game; the only homer he ever surrendered on it was to Ted Williams in an All-Star game.
webhome.idirect.com /~brettsmith/History/400Pages/nlcy1943.htm   (574 words)

  
 The Seattle Times: Sports: Notebook: Ichiro's "eephus" was sign of respect
CHICAGO — To understand the "eephus" pitch Mark Buehrle offered up to Ichiro in the Mariners' 8-7 loss Saturday night, you must know the history between the pitcher and batter.
With that history, Buehrle threw an eephus in the seventh inning.
In short form, the eephus is a junk pitch — a ball thrown with a high arc but with no velocity, curve, spin, break — nothing.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/sports/2002027427_marinotes06.html   (557 words)

  
 :: View topic - Fossum signs two year, $4.2M deal.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The first curveball is a tight-rotating 1-7 curveball that has a velocity in the low to mid 70's, but a pitch that Fossum struggles to throw effectively over the plate for strikes and at times remains too flat.
While the pitch has been a very effective pitch for him to use, often landing for strikes or causing popouts, he regulates the pitch as a change-of-pace pitch to prevent batters from becoming used to it.
Fossum dubbed this pitch the "Fossum Flip", and it is essentially a form of the Eephus pitch.
www.raysbaseball.com /phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3550   (1799 words)

  
 Baseball books are sure hit for summer
Despite months of practice, however, T.J. still can't compensate for the fact that he's smaller than most of the kids on his Little League team, the Pirates, and he doesn't have the power it takes to be a good pitcher.
In "T.J.'s Secret Pitch" (Peachtree, $4.95), author Fred Bowen tells how T.J.'s father and grandfather teach him about a famous pitch used by Rip Sewell, a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1938 through the 1940s.
Sewell's "blooper" or "eephus" pitch is perfect for someone small like T.J. because it doesn't depend on power.
www.post-gazette.com /books/19980630corner.asp   (546 words)

  
 Roger to face South Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
I guess this type of pitch is so slow it surprises you because you expect pitchers to throw at least 80 mph.
Not that it will happen, but Clemens hasn't pitched all that much and he is getting up in age.
He keeps on pitching well, but eventually age is going to catch up to him.
www.bluejayway.ca /forum/index.php?topic=10354.0   (619 words)

  
 Rob Neyer
The problem, of course, is that Rip Sewell invented the Eephus, as we correctly note on Pages 11 (entry for "Blooper") and Page 381 (Sewell's entry in Pitch Census).
Anyway, the two references to Blackwell in the Eephus entry are meant to be Sewell instead.
Without this pitch he would be a.500 pitcher, but with it, he's deadly.
www.robneyer.com /book_04_culpa.html   (704 words)

  
 All Star '99 / Boston.com / Baseball
Bob Feller, another war veteran who had pitched nine innings for the Indians two days earlier, started for the AL and allowed two hits and struck out three in three innings.
The eephus was a high lob that dropped through the strike zone as if it had fallen from the sky.
Sewell managed to sneak a fastball past Ted for a called strike, missed on another eephus, then tried a third moonball and Williams literally stepped into the pitch and smacked it into the right-field bullpen, where it was caught by Williams's teammate, Harris.
graphics.boston.com /allstar99/news/all_071299_46game.htm   (1153 words)

  
 Never show them 3 - Baseball Fever
The third eephus was the beginning of a disasterous game result for the pitcher's team.
The tricky part was that pitches were not in the same at bat...
Sewell was known for his "eephus" pitch, which traveled to the plate in a high, slow arc.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?p=239327   (804 words)

  
 All Star '99 / Boston.com / Baseball
Sewell's best-known pitch was the infamous ''eephus'' ball.
On his first delivery, Sewell wound up mightily, then floated an eephus toward the plate, and Williams almost hurt himself with a wicked cut that resulted in a feeble pop, out of play.
After sneaking a fastball past Williams to run the count to 1-2, Sewell tried another eephus pitch, and Williams literally stepped into the ball and smacked it into the right-field bullpen.
graphics.boston.com /allstar99/news/all_shaughnessy_070499.htm   (914 words)

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