Submarining with Pitcher Dick Hyde

Posted September 23rd, 2010 by Tom Owens and filed in Bill Monbouquette, Boom Boom Beck, Dick Hyde

Where have all the submariners gone? Those awesome pitchers from down under?

Nope, not a ’60s folk song. Just me. I couldn’t help but get sentimental looking at an action photo of reliever Dick Hyde. Looking sneaky-smart in those ever-present glasses, Hyde’s motion was almost accidental, an adaptation to injury!
He wrote:

“It came naturally after I hurt my arm pitching in the Army.”

Hyde’s career year came in 1958. He posted 18 saves, a 1.75 ERA and a 10-3 record. How?

“My pitching coach, ‘Boom Boom’ Beck, did a lot of teaching about my mechanics. I also added a change-up with better control overall.”

I teased Hyde, noting that he retired with a perfect record: as a BASE-STEALER. Sheer perfection in his only career attempt. He confessed, explaining:

“I got a hit off of Billy Monbouquette. Then he must have forgotten me on first base and wound up, so I took off and there was no throw. The rule has changed now so that wouldn’t be a stolen base nowdays.”

Both 1958 and 1960 Topps cards show Hyde more sidearming. I’ve seen him look more like a bowler, his knuckles near scraping the mound. How low can you go?

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