Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception

The lively and also fascinating tale of baseball's 150-year search for the perfect pitch

In August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched an excellent video game versus the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls "among the best exhibits of off-speed pitches ever before placed on." For McDermott, a lifelong fan and pupil of baseball, the extraordinary occasions of that mid-day influenced this terse reflection on the art of pitching.… Read the rest

The lively and also fascinating tale of baseball's 150-year search for the perfect pitch

In August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched an excellent video game versus the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls "among the best exhibits of off-speed pitches ever before placed on." For McDermott, a lifelong fan and pupil of baseball, the extraordinary occasions of that mid-day influenced this terse reflection on the art of pitching.… Read the rest

Baseball: A History of America’s Game (Illinois History of Sports)

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game–widely recognized as the best of its kind–Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.… Read the rest

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game–widely recognized as the best of its kind–Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.… Read the rest

Baseball America 2017 Almanac: Comprehensive Review of the 2016 Season

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2016, including the Cubs' amazing run to a World Series title.… Read the rest

The Baseball America Almanac has always been the best baseball annual, and now it's the only book on the market that sums up the year in baseball from the majors to the minors and down through every amateur level as well. Numbers and commentary help fans recall all the great moments from the season that was 2016, including the Cubs' amazing run to a World Series title.… Read the rest