Synopses & Reviews
Beyond the techniques and training, baseball begins with one player facing another and the psychological battle that they wage-the head game. In his critically acclaimed and bestselling new book, Roger Kahn presents the story of this supreme war of wits and the people who changed the course of baseball by playing, what he calls, chess at 90 miles an hour. In The Head Game
, Kahn investigates not only grips, tactics, and physics, but also the intelligence, maturity, and competitive fire that has inspired some of the greatest hurlers in history.
By covering renowned pitchers and pitching minds-from Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, and Bruce Sutter to today's reigning pitching coach, Leo Mazzone-Roger Kahn sheds new light on baseball's most pivotal contest. A delightful and edifying tour of America's favorite pastime seen through the pitcher's eyes, The Head Game "is as lively and familiar and old-shoe as the game itself, even today" (Los Angeles Times).
The author of "The Boys of Summer" gives an opinionated account of the evolution of baseball's central event--the psychological battle between a pitcher and a batter known as the "head game". Kahn investigates not only grips, speeds, and tactics, but also knowledge, maturity, and competitive fire. Illustrations throughout.
Beyond the techniques and training, baseball is essentially a pitcher and a batter and the psychological battle between them-the head game. Here for the first time is the story of that battle and the people who changed the course of baseball by throwing one. Roger Kahn investigates not only grips, speeds, and tactics, but also knowledge, maturity, and competitive fire. With the help of some of baseball's greatest pitchers and pitching minds-from Christy Mathewson, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, and Bruce Sutter to today's reigning pitching coach, Leo Mazzone-as well as his own deep knowledge of the game, Roger Kahn speaks with authority, and with the authorities, bringing new light to baseball's most pivotal contest. His acute sense of how people make history makes The Head Game a delightful and enlightening tour of baseball through the pitcher's eyes.
Baseball's most celebrated chronicler on the history and evolution of the greatest mental and physical duel in sports-between the picture and the batter.
About the Author
Widely acclaimed as the greatest baseball writer of his generation, Roger Kahn
is most famous for his modern classic, The Boys of Summer
, which James Michener called the finest American book on sports. Kahn is the author of 16 books, most recently The Head Game
, Baseball Seen from the Pitchersand#8217; Mound
. His magazine articles won five Dutton Best Magazine Story Awards and his book The Era: When the Yankees Dodgers and Giants Ruled the World
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Born in Brooklyn, he now lives in Stone Ridge, N.Y. with his wife, the psychotherapist Katharine Colt Johnson.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Prologue: Casting the First Baseball
Book One: Pitching in a Pinch
1. "The Hell It Don't Curve"
2. From Creag to Baseball
3. The Prince of Twirlers
4. Cy Young, Ticket Salesman
5. Mathewson Comes of Age
6. The Righthander from Olympus
Book Two: Modern Times
7. Pitching Goes Out to Lunch
9. The Professor
10. The Collie That Worked Like a Doberman
11. A Bullpen Named Bruce
12. Two Armed Men
13. The Pope of Pitching
A Golden Dozen: A Listing of Armed Men