These are some of the stories which make independent baseball fun and unique:
The story has one error in that Risso’s attempt to pitch with the Big Bend Cowboys (then of the Continental Baseball League, now the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League) was in 2009. The Cowboys did not form until the 2009 CBL season.
Independent baseball has given older-than-average pitchers a chance to play at least an inning on several occasions. Here is a short, but not all-inclusive, list:
- Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe pitched one pitch at age 96 for the Schaumburg Flyers. (here)
- Bill “The Spaceman” Lee started (and won) one game for the Brockton Rox in 2010. He then started and won a complete game last year for the San Rafael Pacifics (here)
- Pat Jordan, longtime sports writer, pitched an inning for the Waterbury Spirit in 1997. He wrote about the whole experience in his book “A Nice Tuesday“
- The above article cites Jon Secrist as having a chance to pitch for the Saints in 2008 (here)
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