Monday, June 22, 2009

The MMOB Daily Quote - Carl Hubbell

Carl Owen Hubbell (June 22, 1903 – November 21, 1988)

Today's subject of
The MMOB Daily Quote is the great New York Giants pitcher and Hall of Famer. His statistics speak for themselves, but it is the 1934 All-Star game which cemented his greatness in the minds of fans, when in succession, he struck out five future Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.

I would have loved to see the man play in person. So instead, through the magic that is the Internet, here's the next best thing: some vintage footage of Mr. Hubbell at work.

And now, some quotes from Carl Hubbell to get us all started on this fine summer Monday.

"A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering."

"I slipped (during the 1936 World Series) and the ball got away from me with nothing on it. Maybe it's lucky it hit Lou (Gehrig), instead of going over the plate."

"The screwball's an unnatural pitch. Nature never intended a man to turn his hand like that throwing rocks at a bear."

"I never was a strikeout pitcher like Bob Feller or Dizzy Dean or Dazzy Vance. My style of pitching was to make the other team hit the ball, but on the ground. It was as big a surprise to me to strike out all those fellows as it probably was to them."
- of his feat in the 1934 All-Star game.

Cheers! - Jason

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