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Searching for baseball's fastest pitcher

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Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Harrisburg Senators pitches against the Altoona Curve in his minor league debut during the game on April 11, 2010 at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

When pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg takes the mound tonight for his major league debut with the Washington Nationals, baseball fans will be hoping to check out his 100 mph fastball. Who is the fastest pitcher ever? Baseball writer Tim Wendel tries to find out in his new book High Heat. He joins guest host David Lazarus to talk about the history of the fastball, and how the mechanics of “throwing heat” separates the good pitchers from the great. And, whose hot pitches will be forever burned into your memory?

Guest:

Tim Wendel, author of High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time (Da Capo Press). He is author of six other books and is the founding editor of USA Today Baseball Weekly.

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