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The Question: Who is or was the hardest pitcher for you to hit?
Jimmy Jemail
August 08, 1955
JOE DIMAGGIO Former Center Fielder N.Y. Yankees "Mel Harder. He had one of the best curve balls I've ever seen and was particularly tough on right-handed hitters like me. All he had to do was put his glove on and I was through. He's now doing a wonderful job teaching other kids that wonderful curve of his and how to use their heads."
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August 08, 1955

The Question: Who Is Or Was The Hardest Pitcher For You To Hit?

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JOE DIMAGGIO
Former Center Fielder
N.Y. Yankees
" Mel Harder. He had one of the best curve balls I've ever seen and was particularly tough on right-handed hitters like me. All he had to do was put his glove on and I was through. He's now doing a wonderful job teaching other kids that wonderful curve of his and how to use their heads."

HANK SAUER
Outfielder
Chicago Cubs
" Robin Roberts. He has terrific speed and great control, which is most apt to stop me. He hardly ever gives me, or anyone else, a favorite pitch to hit. He's so tough that I'm particularly proud of the two homers I hit off him last year when he beat us three times and lost only once."

EDDIE MATHEWS
Third Baseman
Milwaukee Braves
"Any pitcher is tough to hit at a given time, but Curt Simmons, the Phillies' great left-hander has given me the most trouble. He is deceptive because of his unusual delivery and his variety of pitches. His sharp breaking curve and his fast ball are hard to match in either league."

GUS ZERNIAL
Outfielder
Kansas City Athletics
" Bob Lemon gives me the most trouble hitting the long ball. In all the times he has pitched to me in the last seven years, I've gotten just one home run. What's he got? A head, a heart and a variety of pitches. He keeps the ball where I can't pull it. My long drives generally go to center field."

STAN MUSIAL
First Baseman
St. Louis Cardinals
"Kenny Raffensberger. He had pin-point control and never gave me a good ball to hit. The ball always looked bigger when he was pitching and I'd go for the long ball instead of to the opposite field. Just as I'd swing, the ball seemed to do something and I seldom hit it solidly."

WILLIE MAYS
Center Fielder
N.Y. Giants
"Two pitchers in the National League usually have me buffaloed—Robin Roberts of the Phillies and Bob Rush of the Cubs. They've been tough ever since I got into the big time. I wish I knew why. Then I'd know my weak points. I don't know what my average is against them, but brother, it's low."

MICKEY MANTLE
Center Fielder
N.Y. Yankees
"Mister, they're all tough, particularly in a tight spot. But the toughest of them all are those great Cleveland pitchers, Lemon, Wynn and Garcia. They're rough because they have every pitch a hurler needs and the experience that goes with it. They won the pennant for Cleveland last year."

AL ROSEN
Third Baseman
Cleveland Indians
" Frank Sullivan, the big right-hander, is the toughest of all. Sully has a terrific pitching motion which helps keep the batter off balance. In addition, he has excellent control, a variety of good pitches, and real pitching savvy for a youngster who hasn't been in the big leagues too long."

AL SIMMONS
Former Outfielder
Philadelphia Athletics
"Early in my career, they were all tough. Later on a high school pitcher could give me trouble. But the pitcher who gave me the most trouble was Johnny Allen, with the Yankees and the Indians. He threw hard and with a side arm. He was particularly tough with men on bases."

TRIS SPEAKER
Former Outfielder and Manager
Red Sox and Indians
"Doc White, a very clever left-hander who pitched for the Chicago White Sox. He knew just where to place his infielders and outfielders so they would look like 'ten pins' when I came to bat. I often hit the ball right on the line, but usually right at one of his fielders."

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