Sport: Strikeout King

Pitcher Ron Necciai, 19, of the Class D Appalachian League, looks like a refugee from a basketball team. As he unwinds his lanky (6 ft. 5 in., 185 Ibs.) frame on the pitcher's mound, his earnest contortions have a fatal fascination for batters. They can't seem to keep their eyes on the ball. In his first pitching start for the Bristol (Tenn.) Twins this year, Necciai struck out 20 men. He struck out 19 in his second game. In a relief role, he struck out 11 men in four innings. Last week, mixing a crackling fast ball with a dazzling curve,...

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