Fred Lasher: Former RHP Several Teams 1968 World Series Detroit Tigers


1. Could you tell us your story on dropping down?

He started throwing sidearm as a kid by throwing rocks into the lake skipping them across the water.


2. What are some of the advantages you had from your arm angle?

A tailing fastball to right-handers.  In on the hands he could also throw to right-handers.  Curveball could rise and could jam left-handers.  And his sinker would tail away.

3. If you didn't drop down, do you think you would have had the same success?

Yes, eventually he did throw from over the top and developed a rising fastball and sharper curveball.

4. What would you tell someone debating on changing their arm angle?

Not to start sidearm unless you are successful to befin with it.  Basically just stick with what works.

5. Are there any mechanical tips that you'd give to someone throwing sidearm/submarine?

Hold the ball with the seems and turning it over.  Get under the curveball to throw a riser. Keep the ball down.


6. What pitches did you throw?

Sidearm sinker, fastball, rising curveball.  When he switched to over the top, rising fastball and sharper curveball.

7. How did you pitch to lefties/righties?

Jam right handers then go away with the curveball.  Try to keep the sinker away from lefties, and get the right handers inside on their hands and keep the curveball away.


8. Lastly what was your favorite part about pitching from down there?

 It was a good way on getting guys out, especially when you are able to keep the ball down and make them hit the ball on the ground.


Interview with help from son Todd Lasher