Just because: Bob Feller's mechanics

Let us now praise the pitching mechanics of a famous man. More specifically, let us marvel at the pitching mechanics of the great Bob Feller. Dig it ...

I've seen quite a bit of Feller footage, but I've never before noticed how pronouced that wrist hook is on the backswing. It reminds me a bit of what Rick Sutcliffe used to do (a number of pitchers hook the wrist, but Sutcliffe sticks out in my mind), but, man, that's some serious wrist strength and flexibility.

Feller of course leans deep into his drive leg, so much so that for an instant he looks like he's falling back in a chair. He had an even higher leg kick early in his career, but he eventually muted it just bit. Anyhow, this "load phase" demonstrates Feller's tremendous balance on the mound, and his very evident leg and hip strength had more than a little to do with his legendary velocity (he was clocked at 98 mph and change way back yonder in 1946). 

I also love the "arm swing" that pitchers of Feller's vintage would indulge in before launching into their deliveries. Paul Byrd is the last pitcher I can remember doing that, but I'd love for that little flourish to make a comeback.

In a related matter, Bob Feller was good at pitching.

(HT: You to the Tube)

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