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The pitchers who changed baseball

High pitch counts, injuries, big defeats … cases that changed the sport

Originally Published: July 28, 2009
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

Back in 1920, Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Robins and Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves battled to a 26-inning, 1-1 tie. It's been said neither was ever the same after that.

In 1955, Pittsburgh's Vern Law pitched 18 innings. Hey, he didn't allow a run after the fourth.

Nolan Ryan once pitched 13 innings, walked 10 batters and struck out 19. By one estimate, he might have thrown 240 pitches.

Unfortunately, we have complete pitch-count data going back only to 1988, so we don't ...

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