9781250060679

Pitch by Pitch

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250060679

  • ISBN10:

    1250060672

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/4/2016
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books

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Summary

Pitch by Pitch: My View of One Unforgettable Game gets inside the head of Bob Gibson on October 2, 1968, when he took the mound for game one of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers and struck out a record seventeen batters.

With the tension rising in the stadium, an uproarious crowd behind him, and the record for the for the most strikeouts thrown in a World Series game on the line, Gibson, known as one of the most intimidating pitchers in baseball history, relives every inning and each pitch of this iconic game. Facing down batter after batter, he breaks down his thought process and recounts in vivid and candid details his analysis of the players who stepped into the batter's box against him, his control of both the ball and the elements of the day, and his moments of synchronicity with his teammate Tim McCarver, all while capturing the fascinating relationship and unspoken dialogue that carries on between pitcher and catcher over the course of nine critical innings.

From the dugout to the locker room, Gibson offers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the players, the team's chemistry, and clubhouse culture. He recounts the story of Curt Flood, Gibson's best friend and the Cardinal center fielder, who would go on to become one of the pioneers of free agency; shares colorful anecdotes of his interactions with some of baseball's most unforgettable names, from Denny McLain and Roger Maris to Sandy Koufax and Harry Caray; and relives the confluence of events, both on and off the field, that led to one of his—and baseball's—most memorable games ever.

This deep, unfiltered insider look at one particular afternoon of baweball allows for a better understanding of how pros play the game and all the variables that a pitcher contends with as he navigates his way through a formidable lineup. Gibson's extraordinary and engrossing tale is retold from the unique viewpoint of an extremely perceptive pitcher who happens to be one of baseball's all-time greats.

Author Biography

BOB GIBSON is a baseball Hall of Famer who played seventeen seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. During that time he won two Cy Young Awards and pitched for two World Series champs. Along with coauthor Lonnie Wheeler, he is also the author of Stranger to the Game: The Autobiography of Bob Gibson and Sixty Feet, Six Inches, which was written with Reggie Jackson.

LONNIE WHEELER has written numerous baseball books and collaborated with baseball greats from Bob Gibson and Hank Aaron to Reggie Jackson and Mike Piazza.

Table of Contents

Pregame
First Inning
Second Inning
Third Inning
Fourth Inning
Fifth Inning
Sixth Inning
Seventh Inning
Eighth Inning
Ninth Inning
Postgame

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