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Posted June 5, 2006
I always like to read about baseball lore and significant events in the larger historical context. Coffey manages to place each of the perfect-game pitchers and their feats in such a context. '27 Men Out' is enjoyable and very well written. The chapters on Jim Bunning and Dennis Martinez are my favorites. Just one small correction: In the Martinez chapter, which goes into some fine history of Latin ballplayers, Coffey mentions the supposed pitching 'prospect,' Fidel Castro. This is a common myth: Castro was never a pitcher, nor even a baseball player. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria fully deflates this Fidel pitching myth in his excellent history of Cuban baseball, 'Pride of Havana.' Other than that, Coffey throws strikes all the way through '27 Men Out.' Each chapter is very absorbing.
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