Here is a 1912 Harris & Ewing photograph of perhaps two of the most iconic pitchers of the deadball era, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Combined these two pitchers threw for 10,702 innings, struck out 6,016 batters, pitched 966 complete games, had 189 shutouts and won 790 games with a combined 2.15 ERA. I might have to lay down because my head is so dizzy trying to digest those numbers.
On March 1, 1926, Ty had eye surgery at the Wilmer Eye Clinic, part of John Hopkins U. medical complex in Baltimore, MD. A film had encroached on his vision, and he wasn't discharged until March 13, 1926 from the hospital. He claimed it had impaired his vision the previous season, yet still hit .378. This is March 18, 1926, spring training in Augusta, GA. - Bill Burgess blog
"I don't know any other ball player would could have done what he (Jackie Robinson) did. To be able to hit with everybody yelling at him. He had to block all that out, block out everything but this ball that is coming in at a hundred miles an hour and he's got a split second to make up his mind if it's in or out or down or coming at his head, a split second to swing. To do what he did has got to be the most tremendous thing I've ever seen in sports." - Pee Wee Reese