Science: Walks & Runs

Every baseball fan has suffered at this spectacle: His team is one run behind, has two men on bases with two out, and its heaviest slugger at bat. A clean hit may win the game, which the opposing pitcher well knows. Hence, instead of serving a ball that the batter can hit, the pitcher throws four wild ones in succession, passing the batter to first base.

One fan who thought long and hard about this pitching strategy was a Birmingham. Ala. jeweler named Pat Linnehan. Jeweler Linnehan figured out a remedy, suggested it to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!