Truett Banks “Rip” Sewell was a right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 13 years in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Sewell was selected four times to the National League All Star team and is credited with inventing the “Eephus pitch.”
About Rip Sewell
Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who developed his unique, almost unhittable, ‘eephus’ pitch.
A hunting accident in 1940 cost him part of his left foot, which contributed to his pitching hop and his trademark pitch.
He dominated the WWII-era major leagues, recording a 70-45 record with a nomination for NL pitcher of the year in 1945.
He grew up in Decatur, Alabama.
In over 300 major league games, only one person – Ted Williams, of the Boston Red Sox, managed to hit a home run off Sewell’s eephus pitch.
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- Eephus pitch – An Eephus pitch in baseball is a very low-speed junk pitch. The delivery from the pitcher has very low velocity and usually catches the hitter off-guard.
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