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Catcher : how the man behind the plate became an American folk hero

Author: Peter Morris
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In baseball's early days, catchers stood a safe distance back of the batter without protective gear. Then the introduction of the curveball in the 1870s led them to move up directly behind home plate, even though they still wore no gloves or other protection. Courage became the catcher's most notable requirement. But the new position also demanded that the catcher have lightning-fast reflexes, great hands, and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Morris
ISBN: 9781566638227 1566638224
OCLC Number: 270685331
Description: ix, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. A generation in search of a hero --
1. In the beginning --
2. The catcher as tough guy --
3. The catcher as indispensable --
4. The catcher as one in a million --
5. The catcher as a man in disguise --
6. The breaking point --
7. Protecting the catcher's face (but bruising his ego) --
8. "A lot of fools in the crowd laugh at him" --
9. The thinking-man catcher --
10. The catcher as desperado --
11. Harry Decker, the "Don Juan of shaven head" --
12. The 1890s : "an era when most of the catchers were pot-bellied and couldn't get out of their own way" --
13. "The last of the old guard of ball players" --
14. A new pitch and a new crisis --
15. An enduring new model --
16. The catcher's legacy --
Afterword. The man the Hall of Fame forgot.
Responsibility: Peter Morris.

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In baseball's early days, catchers stood a safe distance back of the batter. Then the introduction of the curveball in the 1870s led them to move up directly behind home plate, even though they still  Read more...

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