The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball

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Are today's major league baseball pitchers better than ever? Or do they pale in comparison to the great hurlers of 20, 30 or 40 years ago? This book tackles a debate that has been traveling baseball circles for several years. With changes in everything from the size of the playing field to the composition of the ball, it's a tall task to compare pitchers over the 170-year history of the sport in America. No stone is unturned as this work delves into every facet from the ancient ...

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About the Book Are today’s major league baseball pitchers better than ever? Or do they pale in comparison to the great hurlers of 20, 30 or 40 years ago? This book tackles a ... debate that has been traveling baseball circles for several years. With changes in everything from the size of the playing field to the composition of the ball, it’s a tall task to compare pitchers over the 170-year history of the sport in America. No stone is unturned as this work delves into every facet from the ancient roots of the game to the bigger size of today’s players. The first chapters reach back to the first known "batting contests" in Egypt 5,000 years ago and bring readers to a popular 18th century English game called rounders, which evolved into organized baseball in 19th century America. The following chapters then pace through the changes in rules that helped mold baseball into its modern form, and discusses innovators like James ’Jimmy’ Creighton and Asa Brainard, early stars like Cy Young and Walter Johnson, and modern day standouts such as Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood. The book explores rule changes, adaptations to pitching and pitching strategies, and the effect of pitcher injuries and conditioning, among other influences. Fourteen former major league players comment on the game. The final chapter reviews what has happened to major league pitching. Appendices give stats for major league starting pitchers with comparisons by era, list those with more than 5,000 career innings pitched, list relief pitchers and their single season save records, and a look at the increase in major league home runs from 1919 to 2004. Read more Show Less

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Are today's major league baseball pitchers better than ever? Or do they pale in comparison to the great hurlers of 20, 30 or 40 years ago? This book tackles a debate that has been traveling baseball circles for several years. With changes in everything from the size of the playing field to the composition of the ball, it's a tall task to compare pitchers over the 170-year history of the sport in America. No stone is unturned as this work delves into every facet from the ancient roots of the game to the bigger size of today's players.

The first chapters reach back to the first known "batting contests" in Egypt 5,000 years ago and bring readers to a popular 18th century English game called rounders, which evolved into organized baseball in 19th century America. The following chapters then pace through the changes in rules that helped mold baseball into its modern form, and discusses innovators like James 'Jimmy' Creighton and Asa Brainard, early stars like Cy Young and Walter Johnson, and modern day standouts such as Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood. The book explores rule changes, adaptations to pitching and pitching strategies, and the effect of pitcher injuries and conditioning, among other influences. Fourteen former major league players comment on the game. The final chapter reviews what has happened to major league pitching. Appendices give stats for major league starting pitchers with comparisons by era, list those with more than 5,000 career innings pitched, list relief pitchers and their single season save records, and a look at the increase in major league home runs from 1919 to 2004.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786424689
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. McNeil is a longtime baseball historian and the author of numerous books on the game. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he is the recipient of five Robert Peterson awards for increasing the public's awareness of the Negro Leagues. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

1 In the beginning : up to 1844 3
2 The early days of the game : 1845 to 1875 13
3 The professional game : 1876 to 1892 30
4 The modern game begins : 1893 to 1919 40
5 The lively ball era : 1920 to 1946 59
6 The golden age of baseball : 1947 to 1960 78
7 The modern era : 1961 to 2004 93
8 Rule changes that have affected the pitcher 119
9 Lively balls, deadly bats, and shrinking ballparks 127
10 Pitchers and pitching strategy 137
11 Former players speak 161
12 Pitcher injuries and conditioning - then and now 176
13 The state of Major League pitching 193
App. A Major League starting pitchers 213
App. B Major League pitchers : comparisons by era 215
App. C Major League pitchers with 5,000+ career innings pitched 217
App. D Major League relief pitchers 218
App. E Relief pitchers' single-season save records 220
App. F Factors contributing to the increase in Major League homes runs from 1919 to 2004 221
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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Overall a Disappointing Book

    History of pitching from 1844 to present. The book's main objective is to claim that current MLB pitchers are not as good as their counterparts 30-50 years ago. Also, several typos and editing errors:
    Spitball instead of knuckleball for Tim Wakefield.
    KC Royals instead of A's in a 1950's trade to NY. Expansion team as the Seatle Seahawks instead of the Seatle Mariners. Second half of book presents shallow statistical trends and interviews with pitchers from the 40's to early 80's. These reviews are interesting but mostly unsupported feelings that things "were better in my day". The statistics could be deeper with better presentation. Overall a disappointing book.

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