Baseball's love affair with the fastball is nothing new. It dates back into the 1800s, when fireballers James Creighton, Pud Galvin, and Amos Rusie blew pitches past helpless batsmen. In the early 20th century, Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, and Bob Feller set the standard for their eras, though many who saw him would rank Satchel Paige right up there with them.
For nearly 150 years, the debate has raged: Who is the fastest pitcher the game has ever known? Tim Wendel tackles the question in "High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time." My review is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.