The Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals would probably gladly take a pitcher like Charles Long.
Someone who can throw a furious fastball and go the distance, and then some.
Too bad the two teams in this year’s World Series teams didn’t have scouts in Cropper back in 1947.
That’s when Long, now 88, struck out 29 Bagdad batters in an amateur game.
“One coach told him he had the fastest ball he’d ever seen,” Long’s wife, Dorothy, said.