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Perfect: The Inside Story of Baseball's Sixteen Perfect Games
     

Perfect: The Inside Story of Baseball's Sixteen Perfect Games

by James Buckley Jr, Jim Bunning (Foreword by)
 

Only 16 pitchers in the past 122 years have completed the most rare feat in all of sports—the perfect game. Each perfect game is examined individually with firsthand accounts from the pitcher, his teammates, opponents, coaches, managers, and sportswriters who were there that day. In addition to the 16 record setters, Buckley has researched all the other

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Only 16 pitchers in the past 122 years have completed the most rare feat in all of sports—the perfect game. Each perfect game is examined individually with firsthand accounts from the pitcher, his teammates, opponents, coaches, managers, and sportswriters who were there that day. In addition to the 16 record setters, Buckley has researched all the other pitchers who were one pitch from history.

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Publishers Weekly
Buckley (The Visual Dictionary of Baseball and Play Ball: The Official Major League Baseball Guide for Young Players) offers a breezy infield-banter tone to his scenarios of baseball's 16 perfect games, events in a stadium that could be overshadowed only by the apparition of Abner Doubleday in the upper deck. Buckley is a bleacher bum: "what ifs" abound throughout the thin bleacher talk analysis. While his press-box chatter can get tiresome, it does work in the last chapter, "Nearly Perfect," about those who "also-pitched," such as Pirate Harvey Haddix whose 12 innings of perfect ball were lost to the record books by a hit in the 13th inning. Certainly Buckley is too casual for baseball's elevated class of statisticians: perfect games are located in the deep stats outfield but he offers only a few averages (perfect games occur "about once every 7.5 years") and mentions an individual perfect game probability theorem as "a formula so complicated I won't even bother to explain it." In the end, he doesn't explain much about the significance of a perfect game, but casual readers and fans will leave the book with Buckley's hoots and cheers ringing in their ears. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This light, breezy read offers brief biographical sketches of the 16 pitchers that major league baseball credits with having thrown per-fect games. Among the hurlers are the little remembered, such as J. Lee Richmond, who authored the first perfect game in 1880, and Charlie Robertson, who completed an undistinguished big league career with a 49-80 win-loss record. But they also include outstanding pitchers like Cy Young, winner of 511 games lifetime, the doomed Addie Joss, and Sandy Koufax, possibly the greatest of them all. The most famous game was delivered by Yankee journeyman Don Larsen against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the sixth game of the 1956 World Series. A closing chapter offers a look at those who just missed perfection. For general libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572434547
Publisher:
Triumph Books
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

James Buckley Jr., is the editorial director of the Shoreline Publishing Group and the author of more than 25 books on baseball and other sports, including Baseball: A Celebration, Play Ball: The Official Major League Baseball Guide for Young Players, and The Visual Dictionary of Baseball. He formerly worked at both Sports Illustrated and NFL Publishing and hosted a sports interview radio show in Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Jim Bunning is a former Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher and US Senator from Kentucky.

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