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27 Men out: Baseball's Perfect Games

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Publisher Comments:

There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the modern era of baseball: The great Cy Young fittingly hurled the first one, in 1904, and Randy Johnson pitched the last one, in May 2004. In between, some great and famous pitchers — Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, and Don Larsen — performed the feat, as did those lesser-known, like Charlie Robertson and Len Barker. Fifteen in 160,000 games: The odds are staggering.

In 27 Men Out, popular historian Michael Coffey offers an expansive look at these unsurpassable pitching performances. Here you'll find play-by-play accounts of each of the fifteen perfect games and expert assessments of those who pitched them. Along the way, Coffey goes beyond the box scores to provide fascinating details about how these games unfolded, as well as compelling anecdotes about all of the key players — from Koufax's controversial holdout with Don Drysdale to Mike Witt's victimization by the baseball commissioner to Dennis Martinez's struggle up from an impoverished Nicaraguan childhood.

A must-have for baseball fans, historians, and statisticians alike, 27 Men Out is an exciting new benchmark in sports literature.

Synopsis:

Recounts the behind-the-scenes stories of fourteen landmark games in which pitchers played "perfect" games or otherwise prevented the opposing team from reaching base, discussing the achievements of the pitching athletes as well as the circumstances that contributed to their successes. By the author of The Irish in America. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

About the Author

Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword by Bill James

Introduction

CHAPTER ONE

The Cyclone: Denton True "Cy" Young

CHAPTER TWO

The Twirlologist: Addie Joss

CHAPTER THREE

The Mystery Guest: Charlie Robertson

CHAPTER FOUR

Gooney Bird: Don Larsen

CHAPTER FIVE

The Senator: Jim Bunning

CHAPTER SIX

The Great One: Sandy Koufax

CHAPTER SEVEN

Name of Jimmy: Catfish Hunter

CHAPTER EIGHT

Big Lennie: Len Barker

CHAPTER NINE

A Sharp Witt: Mike Witt

CHAPTER TEN

A Good Bet: Tom Browning

CHAPTER ELEVEN

El Presidente: Dennis Martinez

CHAPTER TWELVE

Strawberries: Kenny Rogers

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

New York, New York: Davids Wells and Cone

Appendix I: Perfect-Game Curios

Appendix II: Perfect-Game Box Scores

Bibliographical Notes

Acknowledgments

Photo Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439118153
Subtitle:
Baseball's Perfect Games
Publisher:
Atria Books
Author:
Coffey, Michael
Author:
James, Bill
Author:
Michael Coffey
Author:
Bill James
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Pitchers (Baseball) -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050405
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
214.312 x 139.7 x 20.32 mm 302.092 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Recounts the behind-the-scenes stories of fourteen landmark games in which pitchers played "perfect" games or otherwise prevented the opposing team from reaching base, discussing the achievements of the pitching athletes as well as the circumstances that contributed to their successes. By the author of The Irish in America. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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