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Unformatted text preview: Baseball Helmets Would you ever step up the plate in a Major League Baseball game batting against Randy “the Big Unit” Johnson and consider not wearing a helmet? If you answered yes to that question, you must be atrabilious. Randy Johnson, and many other Major League pitchers, are capable of delivering a baseball with velocities that can exceed a blistering one hundred miles per hour. Often these pitches make it over home plate, but even the professionals sometimes miss their target. The main reason that ball players wear a protective helmet is for protection from a high velocity point impact from a roaring fastball. Many improvements have been made since the first helmet was used way back in 1907. There are three things that are most important when it comes to baseball helmet design, materials, and technology. In August of 1920 Ray Chapman was struck in the head by a pitch from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays, killing him almost instantly. It was at that point in history when teams around the major league realized that something had to be done to protect the players. Although it was not until 1941 when the Brooklyn Dodgers officially took any precautions against this type of injury when they required all of their players to wear specialized plastic inserts in their baseball caps. Though the protection was minimal, it was a step in the right direction. Fifty-one years after the tragic death of Chapman, the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course CHGN 121 taught by Professor Cowley during the Fall '06 term at Mines.
- Fall '06