#2010. Asked by Sallee. (Apr 24 00 3:50 PM)
First rotary arm pitching machine invented by Buddy Blatt who along with his wife Lee opened the first batting cages in L.A. in 1960.The couple built the machines themselves, using the design of Lee Blatt's father.
Apr 28 00, 2:57 PM
In 1897, mathematics instructor Charles Hinton designed a gunpowder-powered baseball pitching machine for the Princeton University baseball team's batting practice. According to one source it caused several injuries, and may have been in part responsible for Hinton's dismissal from Princeton that year. However, the machine was versatile: it was capable of throwing variable speeds with an adjustable breech size and firing curve balls by the use of two rubber coated steel fingers at the muzzle of the pitcher. He successfully introduced the machine to the University of Minnesota where Hinton worked as an assistant professor until 1900.
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