Legendary Pitcher Juan Marichal

Hall of Famer Juan Marichal

Hall of Famer Juan Marichal was among the first wave of Dominican baseball stars who played for the San Francisco Giants in nearly 50 years ago. The men are the subject of a new documentary, The Republic of Baseball. National Baseball Library hide caption

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Robert Siegel talks with one of the greatest right-handed pitchers ever to play in the big leagues, Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, of the Dominican Republic. Marichal, who played for the San Francisco Giants in the 1960s, was known for a huge windup kick — he nearly touched his foot to his forehead before releasing the ball.

Currently, Marichal is in Washington, D.C., to accept a Hispanic Heritage Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. He is also featured in a new documentary about Dominican major leaguers, The Republic of Baseball.

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