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  • Dalkowski110
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    Yes, I've heard of Harry "Human Flame Thrower" Fanok. I forgot to mention him...whoops! Fanok had a three-quarters delivery, and was another guy obscured in the early 1960's by Dalkowski's speed numbers (his Big League career is rather insignificant). He had control problems, but nothing like Dalkowski or Weik. He probably threw over 100 mph, although there were batters that faced both Fanok and Dalkowski and said that Dalkowski was the faster of the two (notably Ted Williams in Spring Training...he mentions Fanok, although I can't quite recall where, as being blindingly fast). But that leaves the question open as to whether Fanok was faster than Weik. I'm going to have to do some research, but I'll bet he might give Weik a run for his money. As for Radatz, I thought he WAS clocked at 100 mph (rounded up from around 99.8 or 99.9) just before he blew out his arm.

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  • big_papi
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    mistake Cabrera hit 101. somthing

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  • big_papi
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    some Old Radars are terrible. I was driving and a radar clocked a tree going 80 MPH

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  • big_papi
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    I'm pretty sure It's Ryan at 101. somthing but Daniel Cabrera hit about 100. somthing

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  • VIBaseball
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    I'd like to know if there are any speed numbers out there on Dick "The Monster" Radatz.

    Dalko110 -- maybe you've heard of this other obscure guy whom ex-Mets Joe Christopher mentioned to me as scary fast: Harry "The Flame Thrower" Fanok (1963-64 Cardinals).

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  • Brooklyn
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    Originally posted by EvanAparra
    Zumaya, Embree, Wagner, Johnson... Ive seen all these guys clocked at least 102... so i dont know how ryan's 101.9 is the highest...maybe its the highest with an official gun?? i dont get it.
    yes, he is the fastest with an offifical gun. The guns in the major leagues are unreliable and often purposely set too high

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  • robert erkkila
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    Tigers Joel Zumaya at 102-103 mph.

    Joel Zumaya the young Tigers reliever regularly is clocked at 99-102 mph in every game he pitches. On at least one occasion this year I remember the radar displaying him reaching 103 mph. I believe he is consistenly the hardest thrower in the major leagues.

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  • EvanAparra
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    Zumaya, Embree, Wagner, Johnson... Ive seen all these guys clocked at least 102... so i dont know how ryan's 101.9 is the highest...maybe its the highest with an official gun?? i dont get it.

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  • tigers527
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    my own little story....current.

    before I start I always though J.R. Richard had the guiness thing? But this thread starts with Nolan Ryan, oh well?

    Joel Zumaya, has thrown 102 on several radar guns, both broadcast, and stadium. I also saw earlier in the year, Zumaya throw 104 in Toronto on THEIR stadium radar gun. Granted, that could be a mix up in the translation from both french language....to kilometers...to MPH, but the fans in Toronto gasped at the speed.

    Down the road I see those Discovery Channel peeps, on Myth Busters, taking on the critical velocity of a baseball, as whenever people claim the 105+ fastball, physicists claim it is impossible....I would be curious as to the results. Although, those folks can look at the true speed of the baseball, as everything is measured, distance and time.

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  • National Pastime 6-4-3
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    I remember a game in Rob Dibble's prime where he was clocked at 102.

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  • liamdaly
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    Steve Dalkowsky?

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  • Tarheelfan44
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    just looked above, and it was dalkowski

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  • Tarheelfan44
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    there was some guy who tried to pitch for the orioles, he had an elongated wrist bone, and he was SUPPPOSEDLY clocked at like 109, he couldn't throw strikes at all though, so i don't know if he ever pitched in the majors. i'll see if i can find his name

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  • Tigersfan06
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    Sorry guys all of you who have been saying the record is 101 or 102 are now wrong, on 6-24-06, Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers threw a 104 MPH fastball against St. Luis at comerica park. so there ya go guys, the radar gun record in the mlb is now 104

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  • carlos_delgado021
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    fastes fastball

    i thank that randy johnson can throw it pretty hard i bet he can get at least 101 mph

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