All Bat, No Glove: A History of the Designated Hitter

All Bat, No Glove: A History of the Designated Hitter

by G. Richard McKelvey




The basic elements of baseball remain essentially the same as they were when the first professional game was played in the 1870s. Changes in this sport—when they come—come slowly. In 1973, one of baseball’s most drastic changes was legislated: American League owners voted to add one player to the traditional nine-man line-up, creating a “10-man game” in which a designated hitter (or DH) had a regular spot in the batting order, and he or a replacement for him batted for his club’s pitcher(s) throughout the game. This change to baseball rules was approved in the hopes that DH’s would provide a spark for the AL’s sagging offenses; an explosion in hits, homers and runs would draw more people to their ballparks and enable their clubs to surpass the National League in the annual attendance race.
This work offers a fascinating exploration of the history and place of the designated hitter in the major leagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786419449
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2004
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late G. Richard McKelvey was chairman of the department of philosophy and religion at Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) and longtime coach of the Deerfield baseball and basketball teams. The author of several books about baseball, he lived in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1. The American League Falters at the Plate 5

2. The American League Suffers at the Gate 18

3. The Designated Hitter Arrives 30

4. The American League Takes a Lead in Attendance 52

5. The Designated Hitter Is 10 Years Old 68

6. A Changing Cadre of Designated Hitters 87

7. The American League Sits at the Top 108

8. The Designated Hitter and Proposed Changes 127

9. Interleague Play 143

10. In the New Millennium 162

11. Awards and Accomplishments 180

12. Strategies in the “Nine-Man” and “Ten-Man” Leagues 189

Notes 201

Index 207

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