Almost Perfect: The Heartbreaking Pursuit of Pitching's Holy by Joe Cox,Jim Bunning

By Joe Cox,Jim Bunning

The wealthy, poignant stories of significant league baseball’s such a lot hard-luck fraternity—the pitchers of its Almost-Perfect Games

From 1908 to 2015, there were 13 pitchers who've began significant League Baseball video games by way of retiring the 1st twenty-six opposing batters, yet then, one out from finishing an ideal video game, in some way faltering (or having perfection stolen from them). 3 different pitchers did effectively retire twenty-seven batters in a row, yet are nonetheless now not credited with excellent video games. whereas tales of pitching the best video game were instructed and retold, Almost Perfect seems at how baseball, at its center, is set heartbreak, and those 16 males are toward what baseball rather is, and why we stay invested within the game. writer Joe Cox visits this inspiration via a century of baseball and during those 16 pitchers—recounting their video games in exciting style, telling the non-public tales of the attention-grabbing (and very human) baseball figures concerned, and exploring the ancient American and baseball backdrops of every improper gem.

From George “Hooks” Wiltse's approximately ideal video game in 1908 to “Hard success” Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning, 36-consecutive-outs functionality on could 26, 1959 (the so much extraordinary single-game pitching functionality in baseball background) to Max Scherzer’s close to pass over in 2015, Joe Cox’s ebook captures the motion, the humanity, and the historical past of the nationwide pastime’s maximum “almosts.”

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