Japanese Pitcher Yukiko Ueno Perfect Storm Of Power And Precision

Updated: August 20, 2014, 1:48 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

Think of Yukiko Ueno as one part David and one part Paul Bunyan. She is both the upstart whose arm felled a giant in a sport's most famous moment and a figure whose ability to throw a softball harder than almost anyone else lends itself to a larger-than-life mythology. In her hands, a ball can be both the stone in a slingshot and a big blue ox.

Karen Johns came up with a more meteorological analogy when she first saw Ueno pitch in 2005, three years before the right-hander led Japan ...

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