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The Pitch That Killed Hardcover – September, 1989
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Sowell thoroughly explored that horrifying incident in his 1989 book and provided fascinating historical context. (Oregonian)
Splendidly researched and vivid as today....Remarkable. (Roger Kahn)
The best baseball book no one has read. (ESPN the Magazine)
Sowell did a masterful job of research in bringing to life the incident and all the things that were going on in baseball then. (Phil Tatman Orlando Sentinel)
Sowell twirls tragedy with triumph in a thoroughly engaging manner and delivers a book as captivating as it is well-written. (Mark Luce Chicago Tribune)
…An outstanding book…. In short, one hell of a year, which Sowell captures perfectly. (Mudville)
A 2004 Best bet.... Glorious and horrifying baseball book. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
A fascinating study of the circumstances behind the only time a major leaguer was ever killed by a pitched ball. (Baseball Book Survey)
Sowell's outstanding book tells the story of both men and of the thrilling pennant race that followed Chapman's death. (Golfdom) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mike Sowell teaches journalism at Oklahoma State University. He has also written One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, outside of Oklahoma City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My only criticism of this wonderful book is that it did not contain notes--either end notes or foot notes. In recent years, baseball historians have approached their work like the true historians they are, including notes in their work. There were places in this book where author Mike Sowell made a statement about what a player was thinking or why he smiled. I wanted to see his source for those statements to see if they were genuine, or whether the author was simply "fleshing" out the story. Notes would have done this.
Despite this shortcoming, students of baseball history will find THE PITCH THAT KILLED to be highly enjoyable and informative entertainment.
There are a few Kindle formatting errors, but not so many as to be a distraction.
It is a little known story that grabs your heart because you know that no matter how much you hope for a change in the historical record, Carl Mays the man that everybody found easy to despise was still going to throw a pitch that killed the beloved Chappie.
It is fascinating to read about the personal loss to his teammates and the emotional havoc that it created for them in human terms. Yet we get to feel that Chappie was still celebrating when the pennant is clnched in the form of rookie replacement Joe Sewell who takes it upon himself to embody the spirit of the fallen leader.
This is a book that captures baseball in the early 20th century and makes the game and personalities of the players inriguing.