The Pitching Machine’s Terrifying History and How It Evolved

The first pitching machine was a cannon loaded with gunpowder. Charles Hinton developed the first pitching machine as a mathematics professor from Princeton at the turn of the 20th century. It was a cannon that could be expanded or contracted to adjust speed, and yes, it used gunpowder. One of the versions of the pitching machine was mounted, but the other was shot from the shoulder like a hunting rifle. The rifle obviously shot blanks, and the ball was propelled by the expulsion of gases from the cannon.   As you can imagine, players felt uncomfortable in the crosshairs of …

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