Dalko pitched in a time before radar guns, so nobody is really sure how fast he threw. But the Orioles took him to the Aberdeen Proving Ground and lined him up 60 feet, 6 inches from a tube that judged wind speed. Without a mound, in sneakers, Dalko fired at the tube for nearly an hour, his pitches registering in the mid-90s. Some guess his fastball from a mound approached 110 mph.
We'll never know.
The lost journey
When Dalkowski's career ended, after he had bounced around trying for a comeback with his aching shoulder - he threw more than 90 mph with a bad arm - he submitted completely to whatever solace the bottle held and began a lost journey that led him to the migrant farmworker fields of Bakersfield.
Wandering the streets of L.A. years later on Christmas Eve, he was rescued and reunited with his wife from Bakersfield, who thought he had been dead for years. She died shortly thereafter, and finally his family from Connecticut discovered he was still breathing, barely, and brought him home.