Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching's Holy Grail (Hardback)
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Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching's Holy Grail (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 01/02/2017
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The rich, poignant tales of major league baseball's most hard-luck fraternity-the pitchers of its Almost-Perfect Games From 1908 to 2015, there have been thirteen pitchers who have begun Major League Baseball games by retiring the first twenty-six opposing batters, but then, one out from completing a perfect game, somehow faltering (or having perfection stolen from them). Three other pitchers did successfully retire twenty-seven batters in a row, but are still not credited with perfect games. While stories of pitching the perfect game have been told and retold, Almost Perfect looks at how baseball, at its core, is about heartbreak, and these sixteen men are closer to what baseball really is, and why we remain invested in the sport. Author Joe Cox visits this notion through a century of baseball and through these sixteen pitchers-from George "Hooks" Wiltse's nearly perfect game in 1908 to "Hard Luck" Harvey Haddix's 12-inning, 36-consecutive-outs performance on May 26, 1959 (the most astounding single-game pitching performance in baseball history) to Max Scherzer's near miss in 2015, Joe Cox's book captures the action, the humanity, and the history of the national pastime's greatest "almosts."

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493019502
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 237 x 160 x 30 mm


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As that baseball fanatic Tolstoy almost wrote, `All perfect games resemble one another; each imperfect game is imperfect in its own way.' Cox analyzes the 16 games between 1908 and 2015 in which pitchers retired at least the first 26 batters they faced, only to see perfection elude them. * New York Times *
Joe Cox deftly conjures up the past, allowing us to fully consider a handful of pitchers who deserved a better fate. -- Tim Wendel, author of Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball-and America-Forever
[M]eticulously researched . . . Cox holds up their brush with perfection as a mirror for the fallible human condition. . . . Cox adds considerable pre- and postgame context to these almost-perfectos to give his subjects and the national pastime depth. . . . The ambitious effort will appeal to hard-core fans." * Publishers Weekly *
. . . very well researched baseball fun. * Booklist *

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