Baseball's Greatest Pitchers

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This book is about famous baseball pitchers, such as, Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige, Sandy Koufax, and Nolan Ryan.

Walter Johnson was a very good pitcher. He could pitch a ball so fast it looked like a little white bullet.

Lefty Grove was a terror on the baseball field. When he threw the ball he tried to throw it right under the batter's chin. When he lost a game he would throw shoes, clothes and bats all over the locker room. He would also pick up the bench and smash it on the ground.

Satchel Paige they called the oldest rookie because he was 59 years old. He was one of the first black athletes to play major league baseball. He pitched 2,500 games. He won 2,000 games, 250 shutouts and 45 no-hitters. One time he struck out 22 batters. He was so great he was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Sandy Koufax was so good that the Dodger's baseball team gave him a contract to play with them and he had only played 16 games in his whole life! He could a steaming fastball and a curveball and the batters could not tell which one he was throwing because he could throw them both the same way! He had to retire at only 30 years old because he had an arm injury. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Nolan Ryan played for Texas! Nolan could throw a ball 109 miles per hour. Nolan threw the fastest ball ever measured. His record is in the Guinness Book of World Records. No other pitcher has even matched his speed. No other pitcher has ever struck out more batters in one season. He holds nineteen different strikeout records. He was baseball's hardest pitcher to...