Download PDF by Michael Coffey: 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games

By Michael Coffey

ISBN-10: 0743446062

ISBN-13: 9780743446068

ISBN-10: 0743446070

ISBN-13: 9780743446075

The first in-depth examine baseball's nirvana -- a lyrical heritage of pitching perfection.

There were simply fourteen excellent video games pitched within the glossy period of baseball; the good Cy younger fittingly hurled the 1st, in 1904, and David Cone pitched the latest, in 1999. In among, a few nice pitchers -- Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, and Don Larsen on this planet sequence -- played the feat, as did a few mediocre ones, like Len Barker and the little-known Charlie Robertson. Fourteen in 150,000 video games: the chances are staggering.

When it does occur, although, the complete baseball international marvels on the mix of good fortune and talent, and the pitcher himself earnings a type of baseball immortality. 5 years in the past, Michael Coffey witnessed such an occasion at Yankee Stadium, and the event brought on this expansive examine the background of those unsurpassable pitching performances. He brings his talents as a well-liked historian and poet to an appraisal of either the video games themselves and of the broader recreation of baseball and the lives of the gamers in it. The careers of every of the fourteen perfect-game pitchers are assessed, not just as to their on-the-field performances yet with a regard for his or her struggles to persevere in an exceptionally aggressive game within which, often, the lads and ladies who run the sport from the vendors' bins are their so much bold adversaries. alongside the way in which, Michael Coffey brings us correct into the ballparks with a play-by-play account of the way those video games spread out, and relates a number of attention-grabbing tales, similar to Sandy Koufax's debatable holdout with Don Drysdale and its chilling impression on baseball's proprietors, Mike Witt's victimization via the baseball commissioner, and Dennis Martinez's lengthy fight up from an impoverished Nicaraguan childhood.

Combining heritage, baseball, and a sweeping examine the altering face of work family members, 27 males Out is a brand new benchmark in activities history.

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