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About the Author

Molly Lawless grew up in Boston, where she developed a passion for two things: drawing and baseball. After several years working as a freelance illustrator, she found a way to combine the two, publishing her baseball-themed comic art, including the series "Great Moments in Baseball." Molly now resides in Arlington, Virginia. Hit by Pitch is her first graphic novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786446099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786446094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chambolle VINE VOICE on November 28, 2012
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OK, I'll admit it... I'm a sucker for just about anything baseball, so you can take this review with a grain of salt because of that. But I could not put this book down before I got to the last word of the last frame.

I honestly did not realize when I put this on my iPad that it was going to be a graphic narrative; and that isn't a genre I've been much into since the long ago and far away days of Zap Comix number zero (and the better living through chemistry enhancements that went with it). But the drawings in this book were a great way to tell this compelling story. I knew the bare bones of the Carl Mays/Ray Chapman story - Chapman being the single major league player to be killed by a pitch. (Although we know, of course, of others who have been pretty seriously maimed along the way, including the tragic story of Tony C). This book puts flesh on the bones of Mays/Chapman story and tells it in an even-handed way, developing the character of the two main players from childhood, to the minor leagues, to the fateful day that a Mays fastball hit Chapman on the temple with a crack like a ball off a bat and ricocheted back to first base. It then follows Mays and Chapman's widow through the rest of their lives and chronicles the response of the public, the press and the baseball establishment to the tragic incident.

I can't say it any other way - I was moved by this book and loved reading it.

Just a few quibbles. In the kindle edition, there seemed to be some formatting glitches, at least as read on an iPad, which caused some of the text to 'bunch up' and become difficult to read. There also seemed to be some places where a proofreader could have avoided dropped or misspelled words.
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Molly Lawless' graphic novel about the only ballplayer to ever die during a baseball game is an incredible, well-researched, entertaining read. It documents the lives of Ray Chapman, the loveable ball player and socialite from the Cleveland Indians, and Carl Mays, the workhorse (and occasionally cold) pitcher from the New York Yankees, and how their paths intersected on August 16th, 1920, when Mays beaned Chapman, killing him.

The work really makes you feel for both players. Chapman was so well-liked in Cleveland when he died and whereas Mays was portrayed as a head-hunter and sociopath after the fatal fastball, the work makes an honest and heart-felt attempt to try and put him in a different light; someone with a hall-of-fame pitching career who was villainized by the media and his fellow players and had to deal with the repercussions for the rest of his life.

The story is told in a fun way, too, despite the heavy subject matter. Very in-the-moment, like a newsreel in graphic form that follows the players from their childhood through their deaths. A great story about how one pitch can change the course of history told on a very personal level.

And I LOVE Molly's portrayal of Babe Ruth. Worth it for that alone...

Highly recommended.
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I agree with the other three 5 star ratings.
This is very well done. The graphics are beautiful and help with the story.
I'm a fan of the early/deadball era so this was a special treat for me.
I could not put this down either.

I hope there are additional stories coming as Ms. Lawless certainly has a talent for these graphic baseball stories.

I would order the next one sight unseen.

Maybe a story on Ed Delahanty - was he thrown off the train or did he fall off the tracks?
Or what about Davy Force? Was he the original Curt Flood?
And did Chick Stahl commit suicide or was it simply a case of not following instructions?

Nice work Molly, keep them coming.
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This isn't a baseball story, it's a Greek tragedy that just happens to play out in a ball park rather than a theater. The writing is accessible to non-baseball and non-literary readers, yet the baseball and literary geeks (I am both) will appreciate it even more.
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First I must tell you that this book is actually a comic. But maybe you think comics are for kids, teens and some not-very-well-grown adults (ha!)... no sir!

There are comics for a certain market. Being a Swiss citizen I have got used to read European comics which lack completely of superheros unlike its American counterparts. If there are books about fiction and non-fiction, often there are comics about the same purport.

Well, I read "Hit by Pitch" and it's very compelling from its drawings and ballons. Sometimes it got very upsetting: the scenes depicting the sadness of the Chapman's buddies after his death. Tris Speaker, one of my favs, was shown there as a very dejected man who, somewhat, could manage a broken team to a sensational victory in the World Series. Tris might be the only winning manager in history that didn't show any joy manner after the triumph: "Tired, very tired" were his words after winning the fat prize. Stengel, Lasorda or Bochy never would uttered those words.

But I got very bad when I read about the untimely fate of the widow and daughter of the infortunated Ray Chapman.

Molly Lawless made a powerful comic book about this special baseball history. I would recommend it to everyone.

It would be an excellent companion to the landmark baseball book "The Pitch That Killed" by Mike Sowell. Indeed Ms Lawless cited it as a must read.
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