The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century

The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century

by Jim Kaplan, Greg Spahn

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ISBN-13: 9781617494864
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 470 KB

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Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching Duel of the Century 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
pineapplejuggler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Clearly written and tells a great story; not just that of the game the title references, but that of the lives of the two seemingly antithetical yet legendary protagonist pitchers: Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn. Some reviewers (at least on GoodReads) were expecting the game itself to figure in more prominently, which I think is fair given the title, but I also think the game can be viewed as the serendipitous intersection of two great characters of baseball yore; i.e. merely the jumping-off point of the real story. And is baseball really merely about the game, or is it about the players that play them?Took off a star since the prose is pretty plain and at one point, Kaplan starts editorializing on one of baseball's unwritten rules.
robertmorrow on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I enjoyed the book even though the title is horribly misleading. There's actually very little about the game itself; nothing about pitch selection, what the hitters were thinking, pretty much just a written narrative of the box score. What makes the book worthwhile is the biographical information concerning Spahn and Marichal and the franchise histories of the Braves and Giants. We find out why the Giants were always coming up short and how the Braves came close to being one of the dominant teams of their time. Kaplan writes well and spices the narrative with comparatives to the modern day game that are not flattering towards the current state of the sport. Some people will find that distracting and irrelevant, but once I realized that the book was not simply a story of the game, I allowed Kaplan some latitude.
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