Pitching in a Pinch: Baseball from the Inside

Version: Unabridged
Author: Christy Mathewson
Narrator: Adams Morgan
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Baseball
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2013
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 44 minutes
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Overview

Christy "Matty" Mathewsonwas one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumouslyinducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the "Five Immortals," he wasan unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelvestraight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 WorldSeries.
Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in1912, is an insider's account of the world of baseball, blending anecdote,biography, instruction, and social history. Always sensitive to psychology aswell as technique, Mathewson describes the game as it was played in the firstdecade of the twentieth century: the "dangerous batters"; the "peculiarities" of big-league pitchers; the"good and bad" of coaching, umpiring, sign-stealing, base-running, and springtraining; and the importance of superstition to athletes. Baseball fans will enjoyfirst-hand accounts of Mathewson's famous contemporaries, including playersHonus Wagner and Rube Marquand, managers like John McGraw and Connie Mack, andmany others, and will learn how much-and just how little-has really changed inone hundred years.

Author Details

Author Details

Mathewson, Christy

Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) was the greatest baseball pitcher of his day, a hero with appeal reaching beyond sports. A college-educated player from Pennsylvania farm country, he restored respectability to a game tarnished by the rowdies who had dominated baseball in the 1890's. Mathewson was the first national baseball superstar through his seventeen-year career in the major leagues, mostly with the New York Giants.