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Pitching in a Pinch: or Baseball from the Inside (Bison Book) Paperback – March 1, 1994

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One of baseball's more enduring classics and earliest memoirs, Christy Mathewson's primer, first published in 1912, has also become one of the game's foremost anthropologies. Mathewson was one of baseball's first immortals: he was a star on the field, winning 373 games between 1900 and 1916--all but one as a Giant; an educated gentleman off the field; and a legitimate war hero who died from the effects of being gassed in World War I. Pitching in a Pinch passes on Mathewson's substantial knowledge of the game in general, and the intricacies of the mound in particular. The book's continuing delight and value rests in Mathewson's facility for capturing--from the inside--the game's ethos in the early 20th century, and the generous combination of anecdote and insight with which he shares it.

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Better known for his many history titles, Gerlach in 1980 took a look at America's favorite pastime's most unfavorite people-the umpires. Gerlach profiles a dozen National and American Leaguers who together umped the game from 1920 to 1970. Steamboat Johnson's 1935 volume offers a more personal glimpse at umping as the author recalls his 25 years of "standing the gaff"-enduring the fury of fans and players. Mathewson's star-studded 1912 volume offers anecdotes on then-famous players as well as tips on playing the game that he picked up as a star pitcher for the New York Giants and several other teams in the early 1900s.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bison Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803282125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803282124
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading a book like Pitching in the Pinch will stir an earnest yearning in my heart. It is Christy Mathewsons ghostwritten account of his career in major league baseball. It is a classic work of baseball writing. Mathewson was a 373 game winner in his career and had a lot of great thoughts on the game. He shares insight into John McGraws management skill and he delves into the psychology of the game. You can learn a lot about Americas past-time before Babe Ruth revolutionized the game.This is a highly entertaining and educational book.
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If you want to have an insider's view of how the world of baseball was in the early part of the century, this is the book for you. Mathewson takes us there in all its glory. Well done
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What an amazing read. It makes you realize that not much has changed since Mathewson once ruled the roost on the pitching mound. The things he say, the wisdom of experience he imparts sounds so fresh, so immediately relevant to the game as it is played today that it might as well have been written yesterday.
Particularly impressive is the idea that there are pitchers who are fabulous when there are no runners on base, but once the pinch is on (hence the title of the book) they become tentative shrinking violets. The pinch, Mathewson writes, is the true test of a pitcher's character. How right he is, in this true baseball classic. A must read for all who love the game.
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