Recalling the real Year of the Pitcher

Led by Cardinals great Bob Gibson, pitchers in 1968 were as dominant as ever

Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

A trusted colleague and friend recently wondered if it is time, in this second consecutive season of dominant pitching, to lower the mound. No, it is not time to lower the mound. The last time Major League Baseball did that was 1969, and it was done out of necessity because of what had happened in 1968 -- the original, the one and only, Year of the Pitcher.

The pitching we saw in 2010 was exceptional, and it has been even better this season, but statistically, it doesn't compare to 1968, ...

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