The Pitch That Killed

The Pitch That Killed

by Mike Sowell

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On a torridly hot August day in 1920, Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a Carl Mays fastball, in what was and remains the only on-the-field fatality in the history of major league baseball. The drama of Good Guy Chapman versus Bad Guy Mays is a wrenching human tale. Add to it an intense pennant race, the meteoric ascension of Babe Ruth to baseball supremacy, the banning of the Black Sox for throwing the previous year's World Series, and the story grows to one of the most fascinating and compelling in the annals of baseball history.Mike Sowell's brilliant account of the events of 1920—meticulously researched and mellifluously written—captures all the intensity of the moment of the Chapman beaning and the entire incredible season. Only a writer of Sowell's power and skill could do justice to such a tale, and the result is one of the most highly respected and widely acclaimed baseball books ever written.The Summer Game Books edition is the first and only eBook of this classic, and features an exclusive new epilogue by the author, with 25 years of perspective, during which time the legends of Mays, Chapman, and Chapman's replacement, Joe Sewell, have only grown.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152385342
Publisher: Summer Game Books
Publication date: 09/30/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 232,537
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mike Sowell teaches journalism at Oklahoma State University. He has also written One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, outside of Oklahoma City.

Table of Contents

Part ICarl Mays1
Part IIRay Chapman59
Part IIIThe Pennant Race85
Part IVThe Beaning165
Part VThe Boycott191
Part VIJoe Sewell237
Part VIIThe Aftermath281

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...An outstanding book.... In short, one hell of a year, which Sowell captures perfectly.

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