You don't have to be a baseball fanatic or for that matter a historian or a physicist to appreciate "Fastball," a fittingly zippy tribute to the art of the pitch, narrated by
Given that it takes all of 396 milliseconds for a pitcher's fastball to reach home plate — and the radar gun wasn't officially used to clock speeds on the field until 1974 — declaring an all-time winner can be tricky.
Assembling a panel of the game's living greats, including
But with their respective best years spanning more than six decades, it takes some work to establish a level playing field, with Hock also calling on physics professors and neurologists to assess the effects on a batter facing a ball traveling more than 90 mph.
Along the way there are some terrific vintage clips, including a sequence in which Cleveland Indian Feller tested his fastball against a speeding Harley-Davidson and rare amateur film footage of Sandy Koufax pitching his perfect game at Dodger Stadium in 1965.
Poetry in motion.