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Carl Hubbell! I know his name well, and have never once seen a film clip of him - famous for his screwball. His 1933-1937 seasons were extraordinary (note also in that link the #1 pitcher in "Similarity" to Hubbell). I vaguely recall "hearing" (and I mean, I can still hear it in my mind) in a documentary, an extremely gravelly voiced, older man saying "Carl Hubbell" when talking about the best pitchers ever - was that Red Barber in the Burns video? From Wikipedia, it says he set the major league record for consecutive wins with 24, and reminds us that he struck out Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons, and Cronin, in order, during the 1934 All Star Game - stories like that are what legends are made of.
Both of which I absolutely love.... Fuzzying up Cuellar's screwball a tad, batters had the tendency to hit it downward because it had predictable downward movement on the way to the plate. It's a bit like a slider to righthanded hitters, although if you have a good slider, you don't need a screwgie. Almost nothing is harder to hit for a righthanded hitter than a lefty's slider biting in under his hands. Later in the 1970s, a true "Screwball" named Bill Lee pitched for the Red Sox. The last of the great screwgie pitchers were guys like Fernando Valenzuela and Tug McGraw, more or less. Come about the year 2000 or so, the screwball vanished from the game.