The pitch: an in-glove radar device

April 15, 1999|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Thanks to technology and a retired baseball coach with an engineering degree, kids have a new way to answer one of life's most pressing questions: How fast can they throw a baseball?

The coach, Albert E. Dilz, 68, has created a tiny radar device that attaches to the back of a baseball glove and measures the velocity of an incoming ball. Dilz, of Cincinnati, calls his invention Glove Radar and plans to start selling it for $79.95.

Glove Radar will sell for less than half the price of radar guns. It uses standard Doppler radar to measure the speed of the ball through the mitt and, according to Dilz, it's accurate to within 1 mph, compared with the more industrial-strength radar guns.

Manufacturers of standard radar guns say it is too soon to know whether the glove gauge is as accurate as Dilz says.

A longtime coach of Little Leaguers and young adults, Dilz said that if baseball players used good technique, their throws would be faster. Therefore, players will be able to mark improvements in their technique by watching their velocities improve.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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