|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2019|
We can grip it and hold a baseball so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating. Here the New York Times's Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches, alongside priceless insights from pitchers Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw.
"Analytical and anecdotal, insightful and entertaining.... A welcome addition to the baseball bookshelf."—Bob Costas
"I've been a student of pitching for more than 40 years, and Tyler Kepner has captured the essence of the craft with fascinating stories and insights on every page."—Orel Hershiser