We think of Sandy Koufax, he of the hissing fastball and a curve that changed directions abruptly. He also would throw at a hitter, such as the day Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals walked, stole second and third, and scored on a flyball.
Watching Brock do it, Koufax's teammate and fellow pitcher Don Drysdale said to infielder Jim Lefebvre, "Frenchy, I feel sorry for that man."
"Who?" Lefebvre said.
"Brock. Sandy doesn't appreciate that sort of thing. Sandy gets mad enough when you beat him with base hits. But when you score runs without hits, look out."
Next time up, Brock went down, hit in the back by a fastball. "You could hear the thud all over the stadium," Drysdale said. "Brock trotted toward first base, not rubbing, pretending he wasn't hurt. But he never made it. Brock just collapsed, and they had to carry him off on a stretcher." - Dave Kindred