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K : a history of baseball in ten pitches

Author: Tyler Kepner, (Baseball writer)
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : English : First large print editionView all editions and formats
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The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it 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. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Nonfiction
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tyler Kepner, (Baseball writer)
ISBN: 9781984883292 1984883291
OCLC Number: 1081043219
Description: xx, 472 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The slider : a little itty bitty dot --
The fastball : velo is king --
The curveball : a karate chop with a ball --
The knuckleball : grabbing the wing of a butterfly --
The splitter : through the trap door --
The screwball : the Sasquatch of baseball --
The sinker : the furthest strike from the hitter's eyes --
The changeup : a dollar bill hooked on a fishing line --
The spitball : hit the dry side --
The cutter : at the end, it will move.
Other Titles: History of baseball in ten pitches
Responsibility: Tyler Kepner.

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The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it 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. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. 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. In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with infectious passion for the game, Kepner brings readers inside the minds of combatants sixty feet, six inches apart. Filled with priceless insights from many of the best pitchers in baseball history including twenty-two Hall of Famers--from Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan to Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw--K will be the definitive book on pitching and join such works as The Glory of Their Times and Moneyball as a classic of the genre.

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