The Shoulder Wheel

April 6, 1963:

Longtime Phillies trainer Joe Liscio had a reputation for thinking outside the box. In a 1964 article, “Baseball Digest” detailed Liscio’s use of sea kelp, wheat germ and Vitamin B12 injections in treating the team. As the article claimed, “The Phils may not win it all, but they will be excruciatingly healthy”.

1963 saw Liscio introduce the shoulder wheel to the Phillies, designed to strengthen the shoulder and arm. In this photo, Liscio watches closer Jack Baldschun use the mechanism during Spring Training.

Jack Baldschun uses the shoulder wheel under trainer Joe Liscio's supervision.

Jack Baldschun uses the shoulder wheel under trainer Joe Liscio’s supervision.