Former Major League outfielder Roger Maris passed away on December 14, 1985, following a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer. Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, John Blanchard, Bill Skowron, Whitey Herzog, and Bob Allison served as pallbearers at his funeral.
How hard is it, really, to hit a Major League fastball? This infographic by John Blanchard breaks it down for us. It takes a mere four-tenths of a second for a 90-mph fastball to reach home plate, and in that time, a batter has to make a decision on whether to swing and how to swing.
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