The Pitch That Killedby Mike Sowell
On a torridly hot August day in 1920, Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a Carl Mays fastball, in what was and remains the only on-the-field fatality in the history of major league baseball. The drama of Good Guy Chapman versus Bad Guy Mays is a wrenching human tale. Add to it an intense pennant race, the meteoric ascension of Babe Ruth to baseball supremacy, the
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On a torridly hot August day in 1920, Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a Carl Mays fastball, in what was and remains the only on-the-field fatality in the history of major league baseball. The drama of Good Guy Chapman versus Bad Guy Mays is a wrenching human tale. Add to it an intense pennant race, the meteoric ascension of Babe Ruth to baseball supremacy, the banning of the Black Sox for throwing the previous year's World Series, and the story grows to one of the most fascinating and compelling in the annals of baseball history.Mike Sowell's brilliant account of the events of 1920meticulously researched and mellifluously writtencaptures all the intensity of the moment of the Chapman beaning and the entire incredible season. Only a writer of Sowell's power and skill could do justice to such a tale, and the result is one of the most highly respected and widely acclaimed baseball books ever written.The Summer Game Books edition is the first and only eBook of this classic, and features an exclusive new epilogue by the author, with 25 years of perspective, during which time the legends of Mays, Chapman, and Chapman's replacement, Joe Sewell, have only grown.
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Mike Sowell teaches journalism at Oklahoma State University. He has also written One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, outside of Oklahoma City.
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The terrible and sole tragedy of a death on the field from a bean ball in MLB is brought to life in this true story of Ray Chapman and Carl Mays.The writing is compelling and the story is as engrossing as a thriller novel.Kudos to mike Sowell for a haunting read.
Mike Sowell's The Pitch That Killed is one of the finest pieces of baseball writing. Sowell's research is exhaustive and writing is exciting. Sowell transports the reader back to 1920. You're with Chapman and Mays that day. Some paint Mays as an angry, headhunter, but Sowell brings depth to Mays. Sowell has written two top notch baseball books (the other is on Ed Delahanty). Let's hope he writes another historican piece soon.