Magazine article USA TODAY

Care to Catch a Bob Feller Fastball?

Magazine article USA TODAY

Care to Catch a Bob Feller Fastball?

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We've made a number of trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and believe us when we say that the ooohs and ahhs from visitors are not the result of seeing the actual Hall (with its mounted plaques of the game's all-time greats), rather from viewing the equipment section where the old-style gloves are on display. Fathers and grandfathers--even their heads shaking in disbelief--point out to their charges that these pieces of leather (some barely covering a man's hand) were used to play major league baseball. No wonder they had to use two hands way back when. But even two hands doesn't explain how the catchers for, say, the Washington Senators or Cleveland Indians could handle the blazing fastballs of Walter (The Big Train) Johnson or Bob (Rapid Robert) Feller.

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