Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success

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ISBN 10 : 9781633194625
Pages : 240 pages
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Download or read book Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success written by Jim Palmer and published by Triumph Books. This book was released on 2016-06-01 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Jim Palmer was just 20 years old when he became the youngest pitcher ever to throw a World Series shutout, helping lead the Baltimore Orioles to their first-ever championship, in 1966. Two years later, Palmer's budding career almost ended due to arm problems. Yet, he mounted an inspiring comeback and reached the pinnacle of his profession, becoming the winningest pitcher of the 1970s and the only hurler to win a World Series game in three different decades. With three World Series rings, three Cy Young Awards and six All-Star selections to his name, an exemplary record as a spokesperson for charities and corporations, and his long tenure as a TV baseball analyst, Palmer is an authority on what it takes to succeed on and off of the field. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and co-author Alan Maimon take readers inside the clubhouse, broadcast booth, and corporate world to tell the story of a one-of-a-kind career that serves as a how-to guide on succeeding in the workplace. Interspersed with memorable stories from his illustrious career with the Orioles, this book includes baseball wisdom and life-lessons learned from the one-of-a-kind Earl Weaver as well as colorful anecdotes about O's teammates like Cal Ripken, Jr and Rick Dempsey, and broadcast partners Howard Cosell and Al Michaels.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

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ISBN 10 : 9780385541022
Pages : 320 pages
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Download or read book K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches written by Tyler Kepner and published by Anchor. This book was released on 2019-04-02 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From The New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today. The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating. In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with infectious passion for the game, Kepner brings readers inside the minds of combatants sixty feet, six inches apart. Filled with priceless insights from many of the best pitchers in baseball history--from Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan to Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw--K will be the definitive book on pitching and join such works as The Glory of Their Times and Moneyball as a classic of the genre.

Rock Solid

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ISBN 10 : 1443453102
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book Rock Solid written by Tim Raines and published by HarperCollins Publishers. This book was released on 2017-04-04 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For more than a decade, Tim Raines patrolled left field for the nascent Montreal Expos, igniting the powder keg of what would become one of the most innovative, entertaining, and talented teams of the modern era. Alongside other superstars such as Andre “Hawk” Dawson, Gary Carter, and Steve Rogers, Raines, nicknamed “Rock,” hit and stole his way into the hearts not only of Montreal fans but of the team’s dedicated fan base coast to coast. The seven-time all-star tore through the Expos’ record books before moving on to the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins, ultimately earning three World Series rings (one as a coach). The Expos retired his number (#30), and now Raines sits on the cusp of entering Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. But it wasn’t always easy playing for the upstart Montreal Expos or being Tim Raines. Raines’s performance dipped in 1982, and at the end of the season, he entered a substance abuse program for cocaine addiction. To avoid leaving the drug in his locker, Raines would carry it in his back pocket and slide headfirst when stealing bases. He used cocaine before games, after games, and on some occasions, in the clubhouse between innings. Raines later testified at the infamous Pittsburgh drug trials in September 1985. He would ultimately resume his career at a high level and once again become one of baseball’s brightest stars, both on and off the field. In 1999, Raines was forced to retire from baseball after being diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). His was the first known case in an MLB player. However, after undergoing treatment and having missed an entire season, Raines returned at the age of 41 to where it all began in 1979—the Montreal Expos. This memoir details the life and playing career of one of the sport’s all-time greatest leaders and personalities, and is an honest, raw, and compelling tale of triumph and redemption. With a foreword by Andre Dawson and an introduction by Jonah Keri

Long Shot

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ISBN 10 : 9781439150238
Pages : 384 pages
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Download or read book Long Shot written by Mike Piazza and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2014-02-18 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The twelve-time All-Star catcher describes the inspiration he gleaned from his self-made father, his early career with the Dodgers, his memorable 2000 World Series with the Mets, and the controversies that have marked his career.

The 25 Greatest Baseball Teams of the 20th Century Ranked

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ISBN 10 : 9781476608679
Pages : 261 pages
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Download or read book The 25 Greatest Baseball Teams of the 20th Century Ranked written by Chris Holaday and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-11-17 with total page 261 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The best baseball team of the 20th century? How about the 1906 Cubs? Or the 1998 Yankees? Don't forget the 1929 A’s, or the 1976 Reds. Some say the Yanks had a pretty good squad in 1927. There were so many great teams in the last century, it would be hard to compile a list of the 25 best—much less rank those clubs—but that’s what the authors have done! This is an endlessly fascinating tome, sure to prompt spirited discussions around the water cooler or above the dugout. Let the arguments (and the fun!) begin!

Seventh Inning Stretch

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ISBN 10 : 9780762762637
Pages : 304 pages
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Download or read book Seventh Inning Stretch written by Josh Pahigian and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2010-03-16 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Seventh Inning Stretch, by noted baseball expert Josh Pahigian addresses all of the most interesting baseball arguments, however frivolous, that fans have been engaging in for decades, and even a few they may have never stopped to consider before.

Baseball's Best Careers

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ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105110175879
Pages : 396 pages
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Download or read book Baseball's Best Careers written by Michael S. Jones and published by McFarland Publishing. This book was released on 2001 with total page 396 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A great career in baseball takes unflagging excellence, year after year, and is a demanding measure of success. This work presents rankings of the best career performances in baseball history, by position, for each team in the American and National leagues. Players are measured both by rate and volume of success. The rankings are also translated into All-Star lineups for each team. Baseballs Best Careers, in a departure from other latter-day stats books, everywhere adheres to common sense. The book, for instance, assigns a players career performance to a single, primary team. The numbers of Rogers Hornsby, then who batted .380 and hit 39 home runs for the Cubs in 1929, are attributed to the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom Hornsby played most of his games. And so the historic value of the second basemans career is preserved, and Ryne Sandberg, Johnny Evers, Glenn Beckert, and Billy Herman--the rightful contenders for the Cubs all-time spot at second--are free to fight it out. Several sabremetric measures are employed in compiling the rankings, which have been adjusted for hitting and pitching biases over periods of time. Raw historical statistics are examined, and the author explains why some statistics are used in his work to measure performance, while others are discarded as nonindicators of performance. For each team, statistical ratings and rankings are provided, as are brief player profiles of that clubs All-Star team members.

Intangiball

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ISBN 10 : 9781451696028
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book Intangiball written by Lonnie Wheeler and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2015-08-11 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Longtime baseball writer and observer Lonnie Wheeler explains that there are unquantifiable elements in the game of baseball -- intangibles -- and shows how these immeasurable elements can bring success both to individual players and to teams"--

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

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ISBN 10 : 9780465008407
Pages : 480 pages
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Download or read book It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over written by Baseball Prospectus and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2007-08-01 with total page 480 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Pennant races are arguably the most important aspect of baseball. Players, teams, and franchises are all after one goal: to win the pennant and get into the post-season. But what really determines who wins? Statistical analyses of baseball abound: different ways of breaking down everyone's individual performance, from hitters and pitchers to managers and even owners. But surprisingly, team success-what makes some teams winners over an entire season-has never been looked at with the same statistical rigor. In It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over, The Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts introduce the Davenport Method of deciding which races were the most dramatic-the closest, the most volatile-and determine the ten greatest races of modern baseball history. They use these key races (and a few others) to answer the main question: What determines who wins? How important are such things as mid-season trades, how much a manager overworks his pitchers, and why teams have winning and losing streaks? Can one player carry a team? Can one bad player ruin a team? Can one bad play ruin a team's chances? This fascinating and illuminating book will change your perception of the game.

Nolan Ryan

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ISBN 10 : 1571672583
Pages : 196 pages
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Download or read book Nolan Ryan written by Rob Rains and published by Sports Publishing LLC. This book was released on 1998-12 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nolan Ryan: From Alvin to Cooperstown is a collection of articles and rare photographs from the archives of The Sporting News. With Ryan's 1999 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, this book is the first to capture his entire career in pictures with the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers.

Down to the Last Pitch

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ISBN 10 : 9780306822773
Pages : 304 pages
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Download or read book Down to the Last Pitch written by Tim Wendel and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2014-04-01 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Never in baseball history had a last place team rebounded to take the pennant the following season. Yet in 1991, lightning struck twice as the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves, a pair of cellar dwellers the year before, faced each other in an unforgettable World Series. For both clubs, the turnaround was one for the ages. Minnesota and Atlanta rallied throughout the 1991 season around a crop of rising stars—Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz—who each spirited their team's unlikely run all the way to the World Series. And what a Fall Classic it proved to be, with five of the seven games decided by a single run, four decided on the final pitch, and three—including game seven—ending in extra innings. When the final out was recorded, the cover headline in Baseball Weekly read: “Best World Series Ever.” In Down to the Last Pitch, Tim Wendel delivers all the hopes, dreams, and drama in a season—and a Series—touched by magic.

Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame

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ISBN 10 : 9781136579615
Pages : 268 pages
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Download or read book Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame written by Murray G. Phillips and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-06-17 with total page 268 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: We live in a "museum age," and sport museums are part of this phenomenon. In this book, leading international sport history scholars examine sport museums including renowned institutions like the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore, the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum in London, the Croke Park Museum in Dublin, and the Whyte Museum in Banff. These institutions are examined in a broad context of understanding sport museums as an identifiable genre in the "museum age", and more specifically in terms of how the sporting past is represented in these museums. Historians explain, debate and critique sport museums with the intention of understanding how this important form of public history represents sport for audiences who see museums as institutions that are inherently reliable and trustworthy.

Baseball Prospectus 2011

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ISBN 10 : 9780470622063
Pages : 602 pages
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Download or read book Baseball Prospectus 2011 written by Baseball Prospectus and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2011-02-22 with total page 602 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Provides profiles of major league players with information on statistics for the past five seasons and projections for the 2011 baseball season.

The Lean Years of the Yankees, 1965-1975

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ISBN 10 : 9780786418466
Pages : 265 pages
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Download or read book The Lean Years of the Yankees, 1965-1975 written by Robert W. Cohen and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2004-04-05 with total page 265 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The New York Yankees' history is filled with great achievements, outstanding performances, and unprecedented success. For more than 40 years, from 1921 to 1964, the Yankees and their fans had much to cheer about--the team won 29 pennants and 20 world championships and featured such greats as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford. Yankee haters waited endlessly for the fall of the seemingly unbeatable team from New York, and finally, in 1965, the Yankees began to flounder. The team didn't win anything for the next eleven years. Each losing season, from 1965 through 1975, is fully covered in this book. The author maintains that in their long losing streak and mediocrity, the Yankees somehow acquired a more endearing quality that had not previously existed. The team that had once offered its fans Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and other greats now offered Bill Robinson, Danny Cater, Jerry Kenney and Jake Gibbs, and standouts Bobby Murcer, Mel Stottlemyre, Thurman Munson and Roy White--men who knew the Yankees' long and glorious history, but also knew first-hand the decade of frustration and disappointment that Yankees players and fans had to live through.

The Last Icon

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ISBN 10 : 9781589796614
Pages : 312 pages
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Download or read book The Last Icon written by Steven Travers and published by Taylor Trade Publications. This book was released on 2011-11-15 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In early 1969, New York City and all it represented was in disarray: politically, criminally, and athletically. But while Simon and Garfunkel lamented the absence of a sports icon like Joe DiMaggio, a modern Lancelot rode forth to lead the New York Mets to heights above and beyond all sports glory. This book tells the complete, unvarnished story of the great Tom Seaver, that rarest of all American heroes, the New York Sports Icon. In a city that produces not mere mortals but sports gods, Seaver represented the last of a breed. His deeds, his times, his town—it was part of a vanishing era, an era of innocence. In 1969, six years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Seaver and the Mets were the last gasp of idealism before free agency, Watergate, and cynicism. Here is the story of “Tom Terrific” of the “Amazin’ Mets,” a man worthy of a place alongside DiMaggio, Ruth, Mantle, and Namath in the pantheon of New York idols.

Fantasyland

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ISBN 10 : 9781101190708
Pages : 368 pages
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Download or read book Fantasyland written by Sam Walker and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2007-02-27 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nation’s top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless look into the heart and soul of our national pastime.

Playing for a Winner

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ISBN 10 : 9781476627014
Pages : 392 pages
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Download or read book Playing for a Winner written by Brandon Isleib and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-01-26 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "He never felt like a Hall of Famer." "You can't argue with championships." "If he was so good, why were his teams so bad?" On talk shows and in sports bars, statements like these are often made about both underrated and overrated players. It's generally accepted that being in a bigger market or on a winning team can cause a player to be overrated, while the opposite can leave them underrated. Examining pennant races to show how much attention a team receives and which teams are getting the most attention provides a context to this familiar commentary. This book studies the effects of the sports media spotlight (and its absence) on the fortunes of teams in pennant races and Hall of Fame inductees. Along the way, the author brings to light accomplished players most non-fans have probably never heard of.