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Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Curve Balls, Knuckleballs, and Fallacies of Baseball

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Publisher Comments:

"Keep your eye on the ball!" may be good advice--but it is impossible to do. The batter can track the ball until it is about five feet in front of the plate, but then he falls behind because the ball is moving too fast.

In Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Robert G. Watts and A. Terry Bahill--engineers by vocation, baseball fans by avocation--have devised a series of experiments that put some of baseball's most cherished myths to the test. By applying physics, psychology, physiology, and other scientific principles to baseball, the authors have resolved, once and for all, some of the controversial issues that have intrigued fans for decades, including:

* Do curveballs really curve? Do fastballs rise?

* How do knuckleballs and spitballs work?

* What exactly happens when the ball hits the bat?

* Does corking the bat really help a hitter?

* Are aluminum bats more dangerous than wooden bats?

* Can certain physiological factors help predict success for a hitter?

* Why are more home runs being hit than ever before?

* Are today's players better than yesterday's?

Completely revised and updated to include recent statistics, new research, and additional historical commentary, Keep Your Eye on the Ball is a highly informative and entertaining guide to the science of baseball that all fans of the game--regardless of scientific background--will enjoy.

Book News Annotation:

The advice given to every batter cannot, in fact, be done, say Watts (mechanical engineering, Tulane U.) and Bahill (systems engineering, U of Arizona-Tucson), because once it is closer than about five feet, the eye cannot keep up. They apply physics, psychology, physiology, and other sciences to such mysteries of baseball as curve balls, what happens when the ball hits the bat, and whether aluminum bats are more dangerous than wooden ones. They have revised and updated the 1991 edition.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Through experiments developed by the engineer authors, the intricacies of the game of baseball are put to the ultimate scientific test in an attempt to explain the way balls travel, what happens when they hit the bat, the physiological factors of hitting, the athletic prowess of today's players, and other phenomena of America's favorite pastime. 102 illus.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Synopsis:

Keep your eye on the ball! may be good advice--but it is impossible to do. The batter can track the ball until it is about five feet in front of the plate, but then he falls behind because the ball is moving too fast.

In Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Robert G. Watts and A. Terry Bahill--engineers by vocation, baseball fans by avocation--have devised a series of experiments that put some of baseball's most cherished myths to the test. By applying physics, psychology, physiology, and other scientific principles to baseball, the authors have resolved, once and for all, some of the controversial issues that have intrigued fans for decades, including:

* Do curveballs really curve? Do fastballs rise?

* How do knuckleballs and spitballs work?

* What exactly happens when the ball hits the bat?

* Does corking the bat really help a hitter?

* Are aluminum bats more dangerous than wooden bats?

* Can certain physiological factors help predict success for a hitter?

* Why are more home runs being hit than ever before?

* Are today's players better than yesterday's?

Completely revised and updated to include recent statistics, new research, and additional historical commentary, Keep Your Eye on the Ball is a highly informative and entertaining guide to the science of baseball that all fans of the game--regardless of scientific background--will enjoy.

About the Author

Robert G. Watts teaches in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tulane University. Having more than a mere theoretical interest in the game, he pitched as a young man for the semiprofessional Bayou Latanache Baseball Club--where he gained first-hand knowledge of spitballs, fly balls, and a healthy familiarity with insider-baseball lore.

A. Terry Bahill has been Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson since 1984. He has been investigating the brain's motor functions since 1971. Actively pursuing experiments in the science of baseball for many years, he has developed a measuring device that strengthens a player's ability to follow the pitch, as well as the Bat Chooser, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight for individual hitters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780716737179
Subtitle:
Curve Balls, Knuckleballs, and Fallacies of Baseball
Other:
Watts, Robert G.
Author:
Bahill, A. Terry
Author:
Watts, Robert G.
Publisher:
W. H. Freeman
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Subject:
Force and energy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Rev. and updated ed.
Series Volume:
106-457
Publication Date:
20000327
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.21x6.12x.76 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Through experiments developed by the engineer authors, the intricacies of the game of baseball are put to the ultimate scientific test in an attempt to explain the way balls travel, what happens when they hit the bat, the physiological factors of hitting, the athletic prowess of today's players, and other phenomena of America's favorite pastime. 102 illus.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Synopsis" by , Keep your eye on the ball! may be good advice--but it is impossible to do. The batter can track the ball until it is about five feet in front of the plate, but then he falls behind because the ball is moving too fast.

In Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Robert G. Watts and A. Terry Bahill--engineers by vocation, baseball fans by avocation--have devised a series of experiments that put some of baseball's most cherished myths to the test. By applying physics, psychology, physiology, and other scientific principles to baseball, the authors have resolved, once and for all, some of the controversial issues that have intrigued fans for decades, including:

* Do curveballs really curve? Do fastballs rise?

* How do knuckleballs and spitballs work?

* What exactly happens when the ball hits the bat?

* Does corking the bat really help a hitter?

* Are aluminum bats more dangerous than wooden bats?

* Can certain physiological factors help predict success for a hitter?

* Why are more home runs being hit than ever before?

* Are today's players better than yesterday's?

Completely revised and updated to include recent statistics, new research, and additional historical commentary, Keep Your Eye on the Ball is a highly informative and entertaining guide to the science of baseball that all fans of the game--regardless of scientific background--will enjoy.

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