The ol' man even had a knuckleball. It's an embarrsssing pitch to throw unless you've got your stuff that day. When you're on top of it you mystify bats though. They're already thinking 3 strikes before they even get to the plate. A knuckler gets in their head as much as anything else.
Think Wakefield. He either gets shelled or he throws a 1-hit game. And as far as catching him goes... it ain't just batters he confuses. His own catcher has no idea where that ball is going either.
And the spitball. You remember Perry. My dad worked the ball too. He didn't stash sandpaper in his glove or a swab of vaseline in his cap but he let his right hand thumbnail grow a bit long and would actually carve something out of the ball... to make it move more.
And boy oh boy it did too. Moved. It danced. They couldn't friggin' hit him.
I had two pitches. Fair slider and a good fastball. Not much breaking stuff at all other than the slider and I couldn't put much on it either.
We didn't have scouting reports when I was a kid. I'm throwing to guys I don't even know about. Next game, once I've seen them, yeah, I've got a little more information now. Back then I just threw the ball and hoped they couldn't get to it.
I tried to overpower hitters with the heat but a lot of of my stuff just hung there. I served up HR's regularly and would you like some fries with that? If I was on and could hit the corners I did much better but I usually just tried to throw it right down their throat and doing that can get you taken out in the third, if not earlier.
Scouting has been refined to a fine art now. You'll know what to stay away from, what to bring, what his strengths are, what he can't hit. You'll probably even get briefed on what he had for supper last night.
Injury reports.. same thing. When you hit the bigs everything changes. Now we're in it for real.
To stay on Topic... Tim Wakefield and Gaylord Perry don't give a damn about what this forum looks like. They're here to find info on how to create their blogs and my guess is that they found it.