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The Resource Almost perfect : the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail, Joe Cox ; foreword by Jim Bunning

Almost perfect : the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail, Joe Cox ; foreword by Jim Bunning

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Almost perfect : the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail
Title
Almost perfect
Title remainder
the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail
Statement of responsibility
Joe Cox ; foreword by Jim Bunning
Title variation
Almost perfect
Title variation remainder
the heartbreaking pursuit of pitchings Holy Grail
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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, 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." -- Provided by publisher
Summary
Recounts the games of sixteen baseball pitchers who almost pitched a perfect game, including George "Hooks" Wiltse, "Hard Luck" Harvey Haddix, and Max Scherzer
Pace
Writing style
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10559977
Cataloging source
DLC
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1980-
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Cox, Joe
Dewey number
796.357/22
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV871
LC item number
.C69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Perfect games (Baseball)
  • Pitching (Baseball)
  • Pitchers (Baseball)
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • Perfect games (Baseball)
  • Pitchers (Baseball)
  • Pitching (Baseball)
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail
Label
Almost perfect : the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail, Joe Cox ; foreword by Jim Bunning
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Publication
Note
"Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-254) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
"There'll sure be rain, for you heard the thunder" (July 4, 1908: George "Hooks" Wiltse, Giants) -- In relief of the Babe (June 23, 1917: Ernie Shore, Red Sox) -- "150 pounds of sheer guts" (August 5, 1932: Tommy Bridges, Tigers) -- Billy the Kid ... "What more do you want? (June 27, 1958: Billy Pierce, White Sox) -- The greatest pitching masterpiece in baseball history (May 26, 1959: Harvey Haddix, Pirates) -- "You've got to be kidding me" (September 2, 1972: Milt Pappas, Cubs) -- From the Tigers to the dogs (April 15, 1983: Mitt Wilcox, Tigers) -- The true creature and Charlie Hustle (May 2, 1988: Ron Robinson, Reds) -- Tomorrow I'll be perfect (August 4, 1989: Dave Stieb, Blue Jays) -- "It's just baseball" (April 20, 1990: Brian Holman, Mariners) -- Little brother no more (June 3, 1995: Pedro Martinez, Expos) -- Mr. Almost and America's tragedy (September 2, 2011: Mike Mussina, Yankees) -- Perfectly imperfect (June 2, 2010: Armando Galarraga, Tigers) -- Near perfection from the land of the rising sun (April 2, 2013: Yu Darvish, Rangers) -- Down to a dream (September 6, 2013: Yusmeiro Petit, Giants) -- The illusion of control (June 20, 2015: Max Scherzer, National)
Control code
1816728
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 264 pages
Isbn
9781493019502
Lccn
2016032870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781493019502
  • (OCoLC)953223368
Label
Almost perfect : the heartbreaking pursuit of pitching's Holy Grail, Joe Cox ; foreword by Jim Bunning
Publication
Note
"Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"There'll sure be rain, for you heard the thunder" (July 4, 1908: George "Hooks" Wiltse, Giants) -- In relief of the Babe (June 23, 1917: Ernie Shore, Red Sox) -- "150 pounds of sheer guts" (August 5, 1932: Tommy Bridges, Tigers) -- Billy the Kid ... "What more do you want? (June 27, 1958: Billy Pierce, White Sox) -- The greatest pitching masterpiece in baseball history (May 26, 1959: Harvey Haddix, Pirates) -- "You've got to be kidding me" (September 2, 1972: Milt Pappas, Cubs) -- From the Tigers to the dogs (April 15, 1983: Mitt Wilcox, Tigers) -- The true creature and Charlie Hustle (May 2, 1988: Ron Robinson, Reds) -- Tomorrow I'll be perfect (August 4, 1989: Dave Stieb, Blue Jays) -- "It's just baseball" (April 20, 1990: Brian Holman, Mariners) -- Little brother no more (June 3, 1995: Pedro Martinez, Expos) -- Mr. Almost and America's tragedy (September 2, 2011: Mike Mussina, Yankees) -- Perfectly imperfect (June 2, 2010: Armando Galarraga, Tigers) -- Near perfection from the land of the rising sun (April 2, 2013: Yu Darvish, Rangers) -- Down to a dream (September 6, 2013: Yusmeiro Petit, Giants) -- The illusion of control (June 20, 2015: Max Scherzer, National)
Control code
1816728
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 264 pages
Isbn
9781493019502
Lccn
2016032870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781493019502
  • (OCoLC)953223368

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