Sport: The Wildest Pitcher

The hardest thrower in organized baseball is Steve Dalkowski Jr., a sturdy lefthander who pitches for the Stockton Ports in the Class C California League. The wildest pitcher in baseball is also Steve Dalkowski Jr.—and as such he has, at 21, already become legendary.

Dalkowski seems pure fiction. In four years with six clubs in six minor leagues, he has struck out 665 batters, walked 726, thrown as many as six wild pitches in a row, broken one hitter's arm, torn the lobe off another's ear, and sent an unsuspecting umpire to the hospital with...

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