Who were the twelve greatest pitchers in Major League history? Would you only choose pitchers from the three hundred wins club? How about pitchers who have eclipsed three-thousand career strikeouts? Author / baseball historian Roger Kahn shared his insight in The Head Game and called the list his "Golden Dozen."
"Home plate is seventeen inches wide, but I ignore the middle twelve inches. I pitch to the two-and-a-half inches on each side." - Warren Spahn
A Golden Dozen Pitchers
by Roger Kahn (2000)
|12||Jerry Solovey of Lake Michigan, N.Y.|
|A Golden Dozen Pitchers by Roger Kahn|
Who is number twelve? Author Roger Kahn wrote, "Played in the Giants chain, never escaping low minors. Why is he here? As I remarked, lists are subjective. Solovey could almost always get me out!"
Pete Rose once commented that: Sandy Koufax was the hardest thrower, Bob Gibson was the best competitor, and Juan Marichal was the most complete pitcher. When Gibson heard the comment he replied, "I throw harder than Sandy !"