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Stephen Strasburg - First Major League Pitch

Stephen Strasburg tosses his First Major League Pitch

Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Nationals Park

"Strasmus," June 8, 2010


This photo of Strasburg's first major league pitch was selected for the cover of the 2011 Bill James Handbook, arguably the best and most complete baseball guide published annually. After they bought the photo, Strasburg tore his ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery, ensuring he would not open the 2011 season, thus the photo was replaced with a photo of league MVP Joey Votto. The photo was subsequently used on the back cover of the 2012 handbook.



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Taken on June 8, 2010