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The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching Duel of the Century


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The incredible performances of Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn on July 2, 1963, would forever link their names together in baseball history, and this dual biography of these athletes weaves that 1963 contest throughout the narrative in a book that is sure to be a home run with baseball fans everywhere. Even before their epic pitching duel, Marichal and Spahn already had a lot in common. Future Hall of Famers with high-kicking deliveries, they were shaped into winners by character-building experiences in the military. Spahn had been baseball's most winning pitcher in the 1950s, and Marichal would be equally dominant in the 1960s. The Braves' Spahn and the Giants' Marichal began their duel in San Francisco's cold and windy Candlestick Park. Four hours later, the two pitching legends were deadlocked in a scoreless tie when Willie Mays hit a walk-off home run to end the greatest game ever pitched. In between, Marichal and Spahn each threw more than 200 pitches and went 16 innings without relief. Considering today's culture of pitch counts and coddled arms, it proved to be a legendary night that won't be repeated ever again.

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Jim Kaplan is the author of 19 books, including 13 on baseball as well as Historic America: New England, Lefty Grove: American Original, and Golden Years of Baseball. After three years of covering sports for the Minneapolis Star, he spent 16 years at Sports Illustrated then turned to freelance writing. He divides his time between Northampton and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

Greg Spahn is the only child of Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn and this is his first book. He lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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manoftroy, August 10, 2014 (view all comments by manoftroy)
I wish I could review it. That would mean I would of had to read it. This one just jumped into my pile of books to be read. I grew in Los Angeles and my Mom hated Juan Marichal for hitting Dodger catcher John Roseboro with a bat on top of his head. That caused blood to run down his face and would require fourteen stitches to close up. It also started a bench clearing brawl that went on for fourteen minutes. Marichal would later go on to play for the Dodgers and get booed by the home fans. Marichal was even passed over for the Baseball Hall of Fame for four years. He thanked Roseboro during his induction speech and the two remained friends for years. My Dad even told me about this game as a kid and he hated the Giants, but had respect for Marichal as one of the great pitchers of baseball. My first game as a kid was a no hitter by Bill Singer for the Dodgers.
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Kaplan, Jim
Triumph Books (IL)
Spahn, Greg
Baseball - History
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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