There's An Apparatus For That

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Point and Shoot

Photograph By Dan Winters for ESPN The Magazine

The late Danny Litwhiler isn't a household name in the annals of baseball. In 1974, the former major leaguer was coaching at Michigan State and read in the school paper how police used a radar gun to nab speedsters. He thought: Why not apply that to baseball? That spring, according to an excerpt from Tim Wendel's book "High Heat," then-Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver paid out of pocket for the device after the team wouldn't approve the $1,200 it cost to buy it. Now, every major league scout has the Stalker Sport 2 Radar Gun.