?In his book The Diamond Appraised, written with Ranger pitching coach Tom House and from which SI's article was adapted, Wright accounts for Johnson and Mathewson by noting that they pitched in the dead-ball era. Thus, while they faced a lot of batters per start early in their careers, they probably threw fewer pitches than modern-day pitchers. That's because, without the constant threat of the home run, they did not have to pitch around batters, as their modern counterparts do.—ED.
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