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Beautifully contorted pitchers in action
Coiled or stretched, leaning or twisted, these baseball players are a testament to the adaptability of the human form
 

Like a fingerprint, a pitcher's style is unique. Maybe he brings his leg up to his nose, or stretches his limbs out in a "T" during the wind-up. Perhaps he then hooks his arm out, or scrapes his knuckles on the mound. Whatever his bodily quirks, the result of capturing that twisted kinetic energy on film is downright museum-worthy. Here, a round-up of some of the most captivating pitcher portraits throughout history.


Carl Hubbell | 1936 (Bettmann/CORBIS)


Orlando Hernandez | 2004 (David Bergman/Corbis)


Fernando Valenzuela | 1981 (Bettmann/CORBIS)


Carl Mays | 1920 (AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame)


Tom Seaver | 1985 (Bettmann/CORBIS)


Chad Bradford | 2008 (Dave Stephenson /Icon SMI/Corbis)


Kent Tekulve | 1986 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


Tim Lincecum | 2010 (Chad Ziemendorf/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis)


Dizzy Dean | 1938 (Bettmann/CORBIS)


Mitch Williams | 1993 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 
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