Monday, January 7, 2013

Ryne Duren

On this date in 2011, Ryne Duren passed away at age 82.

With his poor eyesight and coke-bottle glasses, Duren gained notoriety by throwing 100 mph warm up pitches past home plate all the way to the backstop.

"We did that on purpose to scare batters. Sometimes from the mound, he would yell to me, 'Is the batter hitting right-handed or left-handed?'" - Yogi Berra