Pitchers: 27 of Baseball's Greatest

Pitchers: 27 of Baseball's Greatest

by George E. Sullivan
"Following a short discussion of major-league pitching styles and strategies, the author provides basic biographical and career information for 27 selectedbaseball greats". --("Booklist"). Photos.


"Following a short discussion of major-league pitching styles and strategies, the author provides basic biographical and career information for 27 selectedbaseball greats". --("Booklist"). Photos.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Looking for a comprehensive, well-written book about major league baseball pitchers to stock your library's shelves? This title will neatly fit your needs and those of the aspiring sportswriters in your elementary school or library district. The author has compiled an excellent book with snapshot descriptions of pitchers spanning the entire 20th century. Among the 27 pitching aces included are Cy Young, Three Finger Brown, Christy Matthewson, Bon Gibson, Roger Clemens, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige. Every one of the 27 is either a member of Baseball's Hall of Fame, or like Clemens, a certain inductee sometime in the future. Each pitcher's bio includes color or sepia-toned photos and stories about his career. To his credit, the author also pulls no punches, mentioning, for example, the alcoholism that damaged the career of Grover Cleveland Alexander. While the author could have striven for greater diversity, including the Latino star and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and other Negro league hurlers beside Paige in his book, he nonetheless deserves much praise for creating this impressive work that is sure to be the definitive historical source for children interested in great major league pitchers. 1999 (orig. 1994), Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 12, $7.99. Reviewer: Bruce Adelson—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-As he did with hitters in Sluggers! (Atheneum, 1991), Sullivan now offers brief biographies of the individuals he deems to be the greatest hurlers in baseball history. The emphasis is on Hall of Famers; only three men were still active players in 1993. Compiling such a list is difficult, and every fan will find a personal favorite omitted, but every player here is worthy of inclusion. The profiles are interesting when Sullivan concentrates on personal incidents that have affected the pitchers' careers, such as Three Finger Brown's childhood farming accident, which enabled him to put a unique spin on the ball. Unfortunately, the presentation soon turns into a blur of statistics, some of which are repeated throughout the text. For example, Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA record is mentioned three different times. A number of ``All Time Records'' are appended at the back of the book along with an explanation of how such statistics as Earned Run Average are computed. Loaded with great full-color and sepia-toned photographs, this title will undoubtedly be popular and useful despite the sometimes dry text.- George Delalis, Oakland Public Library, CA
Kay Weisman
This companion to "Sluggers" (1991) profiles 27 of baseball's finest pitchers. Following a short discussion of major-league pitching styles and strategies, Sullivan provides basic biographical and career information for these selected baseball greats. The format for each section is uniform--two to four pages of text broken up by several action photos (many in full color)--yet each piece offers a revealing glimpse at the techniques and personalities of these athletes. Some readers may already be familiar with Roger "Rocket Man" Clemens' passion for physical fitness, but tales of Don Drysdale's temper and Gaylord Perry's fondness for spitters (both real and pretend) will surprise many. The inclusion of so many pitchers from baseball's early years--Cy Young, Three Finger Brown, Lefty Grove, and Dizzy Dean, to name only a few--makes this a good reference as well as a browser's delight. Although only diehard fans will read from cover to cover, libraries will probably need multiple copies to keep up with demand.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.45(d)
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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