's famous pitch in which he would stop suddenly in the midst of his windup
to throw off the hitter's timing. When he finally made it to major leagues in the 1950s
hitters complained so much about the hesitation pitch that it was officially banned by the American League
. Several modern pitchers have used variations of the hesitation windup since Paige's time. In the late 1990s
for example, reliever Robb Nen
would sometimes add an extra step in the middle of his windup which he claimed was a timing device but which gave hitters fits.
Paige had a large variety of pitches in his arsenal and gave them all colorful names, such as the "trouble ball", the "long ball", the "jump ball", and the "bumblebee".