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Throughout his playing days Marshall was viewed by some as an eccentric player with wild ideas. The reality of the situation was that he was probably the smartest man in the game, and he had difficulty following the regimens of pitching coaches that he knew were ruining pitcher’s arms. His greatest successes occurred under managers and coaches that allowed him to do his own unconventional things, like throw weighted balls and exercise his arm through strengthening exercises when others said he needed to rest it.
Marshall understood the human body and physics better than any player ever to play the game, therefore, a pitching coach couldn’t tell him to do something that was counter to science without resistance from Marshall. Gene Mauch in Montreal and Walter Alston in Los Angeles understood fully that Marshall could teach them each a thing or two and they were savvy enough to know that. Marshall’s greatest successes on the mound were under those two managers.