Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Gyroball Mystery

Another peek into the world of sports, this time exploring the mystery of the gyroball, an elusive pitch popular in Japan. People debate whether this is really even a genuine pitch, something Kazushi Tezuka lays to rest with a demonstration and DVD compilation of Japanese pitchers throwing the gyroball and making batters flail. My favorite detail in this story: a book was published in 2001 detailing the pitch, called “Makyuu no Shoutai.” In English, that means roughly, “Secrets of the Demon Miracle Pitch.”

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