I shook the hand of a professional baseball player yesterday (name to be withheld for his safety); let’s just say he is a left-handed pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization and throws ninety plus mph. He had the strongest handshake I ever griped. He gave me his latest card but I promised not to show it until he “makes it” (and he knows my blog is about “vintage” players and the Cubs). I would not want him to squeeze my head as hard as he squeezed my hand.
During my teenage years, the seventies, I worked at a golf course and shook hands with many golfers, including some professionals (Lee Trevino comes to mind quickly). I remember Trevino having the thickest and widest hands ever. Even today, at some golf tournaments I have attended, and shook hands with some pro’s, I have noticed the same strong and thick yet not overpowering golfer handshake. I also remember shaking some professional basketball players’ hands – they have the biggest and longest fingers in the world.
I have also shaken hands with many baseball players, at card shows, prior to games, as a youth and now as an adult and I believe that baseball players, especially pitchers, who throw upwards of ninety plus mph have the strongest handshakes. What do you think ?
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