What is it about a quality fastball that brings us to the edge of our seats? How is it humanly possible to throw faster than 100 mph? And the big question: Who is the fastest pitcher ever?
High Heat takes us on what filmmaker Ken Burns calls a "compelling, relentless, riveting" quest to deliver answers to the most intriguing questions about the fastball. Wendel provides insight into one of baseball's most exhilarating yet mystifying draws while exploring the remarkable feats and trials of the pitchers who have attempted to master it.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||First Trade Paper Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Tim Wendel is the author of eight books. A founding editor of USA Today Baseball Weekly, he has written for Esquire, GQ, and Washingtonian magazines. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pass on this one.For a professor at John's Hopkins I would have expected something more. I kept waiting for the really interesting parts to come out but the way he developed the story it never really happened. Pass on this one.
Great indepth and informative look at a subject every baseball fan loves to talk about. Tim did extensive research and met players we followed throughout our entire life. A good, fast & entertaining read
If you are reading this review, you hopefully have an interest in our "national pastime" (let's not debate whether that is true anymore), fastballs, hardballs, and colorful baseball characters of various sizes, backgrounds, and, believe it or not, intellect. Yes, IQ is mentioned in a most interesting subplot! How the fastball came to be measured, how it has been rightly perceived as deadly, and how it has been seen as a baseball weapon to be harnessed and controlled (as well as being a gift from God) are all covered. This was a thoroughly interesting book that I could hardly wait to finish to loan to another baseball lover! Get it, read it, loan it! Play ball (and wear a batting helmet)!
I never really got into this book,it started slow and had very few peaks. Some of it wasn't the authors fault, I really get bored reading about very old school baseball players,like Walter Johnson, cause there's no film of him playing so it's hard to know how hard he threw,who the author refrences a lot. His chapter titles hardly touched upon the content of the chapter and he seems to repeat himself a lot. I don't regret reading many baseball books, but this one really annoyed me.
Tim Wendel's book is excellent - he does a comprehensive, highly entertaining job of covering the subject of hard-throwing professional baseball pitchers. Wendel provides a creative, in-depth look at current and past great fastball pitchers, and the factors behind their success or lack thereof. This book is a must-read for baseball fans - Tim gives readers an inside view of the action through his interviews with great baseball pitchers, scouts, managers, etc. Through his extensive research, Wendel does an excellent job of recreating the setting, times and culture in which numerous great fastball pitchers performed. I highly recommend Tim's book.