MASN Sports’ Melewski on the passing of legendary pitcher Steve Dalkowski

The pitching of Steve Dalkowski made it to the big screen, but he never made it to the major leagues.

Dalkowski, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles’ minor leagues teams from 1957-1965, died April 19 at the age of 80. The Nuke LaLoosh character in the movie classic “Bull Durham” was loosely based on Dalkowski’s career.

Like LaLoosh in the movie, Dalkowski was a flame thrower who struggled to control his pitches. Dalkowski’s fast ball was estimated at over 100 mph, but in 956 innings in the minor leagues he walked 1,236 batters.

Watch WTOP’s interview with broadcaster Steve Melewski from MASN Sports on legendary pitcher Steve Dalkowski.

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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

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