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Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Power, Precision, and Long-Term Performance Paperback – April 15, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Edition Unstated edition (April 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671705814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671705817
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good information.
Aaron Madden
I used the book as a reference guide for many years until I retired from playing in 2009 so I am giving my son a copy for him to use a reference guide.
JAMES M ALLISON
Both Chuck Tanner's and Nolan Ryan's books met my expectations!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nick R. on October 2, 2006
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Well this was a severe disappointment. I was expecting some insight on his mechanics, going into grave detail... The information on pitching form was extremely generic and repetitive. There is absolutely no unique insight that you couldn't get from using an internet search engine. It all comes down to this: keep your weight back during the leg kick (don't move forward), and then have a controlled fall towards the plate. Thats about it. Chapter 1 was fluff about his career and Ryan's various coaches, chapter 2 was mostly fluff about mental attitude, and chapter 3 was the only instruction on how to properly throw the baseball.

The rest of the chapters were just an "introduction to weight lifting and stretching". Chapter after chapter of what weights to lift, and how to lift them. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad weight training information... but there are far better weight training books out there and the excercises are not really unique to baseball or pitching. Generic normal excercises, like the ones you'd find in any weight training book (there are only so many ways you can lift a dumbell).

I was looking to the book for some deeper insight into mechanics, and maybe some more illustration of ryans form. I wanted to dissect his delivery, and see how his pitching style differed from my own. The book did not deliver.

To those other reviews that claim conditioning is the reason ryan was so successful... I'd say you are partially right. Conditioning is important. Its also very basic. I don't need a book telling me how to do squats or shoulder presses. The act of throwing the baseball, on the other hand, is extremely complicated. This is where you need the most information...

This is not an "ultimate guide" to anything.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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Nolan breaks down his book into mechanics and training in a very readable format. The critics who said that the book focuses too much on conditioning and not enough on pitching secrets are missing the boat: CONDITIONING IS HIS PITCHING SECRET. How else did he last 27 years?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on November 30, 2011
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I honestly was hoping for a little more. Specifics about pitching motion were not as prevalent as I hoped. There was a lot of good information about Nolan Ryan, how he trained, how he thought etc. This was very interesting, but not what I was expecting. There was a lot of information on Nolan Ryan's work out habits and nutrition. Again, it was interesting, but just not what I was hoping. I was thinking that it would have more details on the pitching motion, holding the ball etc. This book was almost more of a Nolan Ryan biography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Stanley on August 29, 1997
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I thought too much of this focused on the conditioning and strength-building aspects of Ryan's approach to pitching, and far too little on the mechanics of pitching, which would be more helpful for younger players
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SunSea&Pizza on February 10, 2013
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This book will make you a Ryan fan if you're not already. Genetics alone don't explain why the greatest flame-thrower of all time was very rarely injured over his amazing 27-year career; more on this below. We all know about the Ryan Express's seven no-hitters, twelve one-hitters, and nobody-else-even-close 5714 strikeouts. Ryan also set the career record for walks, but in any given season if a pitcher with an ERA below 4.00 is having a good year, then Ryan's career ERA of 3.19 was stellar. (If only he had decent run support over the years, who knows how many more wins he would have had on top of the 324 he recorded. But enough on that; I'm an unapologetic fan.) What makes this book interesting and valuable is how Ryan explains his journey from being a young pitcher during the dark ages (my term) when nobody knew how to train pitchers for durability and to prevent injury -- in fact, teams cracked down on pitchers venturing into a weight room -- to the model of sound mechanics and fitness for which he became known. Along with relaying how he traveled this journey, Ryan passes on to the reader the pointers and lessons he learned along the way. Pitching guru Tom House also has several passages in this book and it is clear Ryan holds House in high regard. The combined instruction and insight which they relay, along some very good photographs and illustrations, contain many "lightbulb moments" for the reader. Remembering Ryan pitch (the high leg kick, the audible "grunt", the awesome drive and finish with his lower body), it was a thing of beauty. But I wish I had this book in my own youth because it breaks down and distills the many separate moving parts of Ryan's great form. My 13 year-old son is now learning how to pitch and we've found this book not a moment too soon.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Nolan Ryan and Tom House put together a wonderful how-to book of conditioning and pitching. Everyone needs to condition to keep muscled tightened, Ryan and House emphasize that wonderfully in "Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAMES M ALLISON on May 4, 2014
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This is the second copy of the book I have had. Since I couldn't find the first after all these years. Its a great book for the basics and definitely helps with conditioning. I used the book as a reference guide for many years until I retired from playing in 2009 so I am giving my son a copy for him to use a reference guide. Well worth the money for the information you get.
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