Pitching in a Pinch or Baseball from the Inside PDF

Pitching in a Pinch or Baseball from the Inside [PDF] ✅ Pitching in a Pinch or Baseball from the Inside By Christy Mathewson – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 Christy Mathewson – was the greatest baseball a Pinch PDF/EPUB ¼ pitcher of his day a hero with appeal reaching beyond sports A college Pitching in eBook ´ educated player from Pennsylvania farm country he restored respectability to a game tarnished by the rowdies who had dominated baseball in in a Pinch PDF ☆ the s Pitching in a Pinch originally published in is an insider’s account blending anecdote biography instruction and social history It in a Pinch or Baseball ePUB ½ celebrates baseball as it was played in the first decade of the twentieth century by famous contemporaries like Honus Wagner and Rube Maruand managers like John McGraw and Connie Mack and many others Always sensitive to psychology as well as techniue Mathewson describes the “dangerous batters” he faced the “peculiarities” of big league pitchers the “good and bad” of coaching umpiring sign stealing base running spring training and the importance of superstition to athletes Matty as he was called makes the reader feel that tense moment when a player in a pinch must use his head.


10 thoughts on “Pitching in a Pinch or Baseball from the Inside

  1. Spiros Spiros says:

    ' Larry Doyle thought that he had received the raw end of a decision at second base one day He ran down to first where Klem had retreated after he passed his judgmentSay 'Bill' exploded Larry that man didn't touch the bag didn't come within six feet of itSay Doyle replied Klem when you talk to me call me 'Mr Klem'But Mr Klem amended Larry Klem hurriedly drew a line with his foot as Doyle approached him menacinglyBut if you come over that line you're out of the game Mr Doyle he threatenedAll right answered Larry letting his pugilistic attitude evaporate before the abruptness of Klem as the mist does before the classic noonday sun but Mr Klem I only wanted to ask you if that clock in centre field is right by your watch because I know everything about you is rightLarry went back grinning and considering that had put one over on Klem Mr Klem'This volume is replete with that sort of anecdote Lovely and amazing


  2. Dustin Dustin says:

    Loved this book Mathewson's erudite descriptions of early 20th Century baseball are fascinating and insightful His musings really bring to light how the game we watch today came to beAlso the chapter that describes Pittsburgh as the fancy town full of rich society people with all its industry money and tycoons in comparison to the relatively low rent New York City was hilarious Once player even manicured his nails before trips to that city for fear of being made fun of by the snobby snobs there


  3. Bfisher Bfisher says:

    In some ways this was a painful book to read due some stilted sports reporter isms and the casual expressions of the bigotry and racism of the time and place To put it in context it was published a few years before DW Griffith's Birth of a Nation was releasedOn the other hand it does provide a good sense of how baseball was played at its peak in the dead ball era by one of the greatest pitchers under the greatest manager The material on base running and stealing is especially good


  4. Tyler Jones Tyler Jones says:

    Written near the height of Mathewson's extraordinary career this book shows just how complex the game had already become by 1912 Mathewson sheds light on a lot of technical matters like the finer points of base running pitching and coaching but what really makes it fascinating is the focus on the psychological aspects of the game Filled with humorous anecdotes he captures the spirit of the dead ball era in a way that makes it really come alive


  5. Thom Thom says:

    The author was a very successful pitcher at the time this book was written and unlike most autobiographies today was also a decent writer Chapters of this book read like newspaper columns which some of them may have been expounding on the pitchers views of managers hitters fielders pitchers and umpires As much anecdotes as analysis this easy reading book remains relevant today Recommended for baseball historians and true fans probably over the head of anyone else


  6. Paul Paul says:

    This is a fun book written by the great pitcher Christy Mathewson who was among the first college graduates to play pro baseball The book is well written and of course there are lots of boring parts talking about certain plays with players from the first decade of the twentieth century The best parts are when he explains either historical things like why Mordecai Brown was called Three fingers He'd cut off the first two joints of his index finger on a farm machine Or explaining Merkel's Boner the supposedly most controversial in the history of baseball Fred Merkel was a rookie who was standing on first base When the next batter got a hit that would have represented the winning run Merkle for some reason didn't run to second but thought the game was over and ran back to first then through the dugout and into the locker room The other team had to chase him into the locker room to tag him for the third out The game was ultimately played again later in the season but Merkle felt horrible about itAfter that Merkle felt so bad that he lost 20 pounds and begged the manager to send him back to the minors because he'd ruined the season The manager the famous John Macgraw refused to send him down and in subseuent years Merkle became a star player for the NY Giants Other interesting things that still apply to baseball today are the efforts to observe each opposing player during the game and know who was yellow backed away from a potential beanball The only time I had heard of yellow sportsmen was in a Scott Fitzgerald short story so being a yellow player must have lasted at least into the 1920sOther funny anecdotes were when players passed by an empty barrel it meant that they would get a hit So Mcgraw ordered a wagon full of empty barrels every day to pass players on the way to the stadium The Giants had a good week that week If players passed by a person with crossed eyes it would mean they would lose the game so they invented long routes from the hotel to the stadium to avoid one particular cross eyed manBut a later problem occurred when a pitcher fell in love with a cross eyed girl who always sat behind third base in the stands The pitcher could no longer throw to third base after that Mcgraw said he would pay for eye surgery for the woman but she gradually started sitting in the outfield and then uit attending altogether So the pitcher could again throw to third base but he had lost his girlfriendAnother interesting tradition was players rubbing the hair of black boys for luck which probably led to the book last year titled No You Cannot Touch My HairBetween the plays by players you've never heard of the anecdotes are worth the read


  7. Luke Koran Luke Koran says:

    The great Christy Mathewson’s 1912 book “Pitching in a Pinch” is first and foremost an insight into the psychology and techniue of professional baseball rather than a typical autobiography However these chapters penned by Matty help the modern reader greatly in understanding the realm of the Dead Ball Era in all its tricks and turns including the star ballplayers who made it what it was as well as the mindset of how to play the game and perhaps most importantly how to STAY in the game at the big league level As this book has been republished several times over the past century even as recently as 2013 the insight shared here must be worthwhile even to students of the modern game of hitting for the fences on every pitch In any case I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the facets of the Dead Ball Era ballplayer though I wished Mathewson had gone into some detail into his own career both personally and professionally


  8. Kenneth Flusche Kenneth Flusche says:

    Ugg two choppy books at once The inside information was 100 years old a good read but not the best an not a true biography like I was thinking when I ordered this one


  9. Graeme Wright Graeme Wright says:

    Mostly interesting from a historical perspective


  10. John John says:

    Somewhat dated but a great walk through baseball as played than a century ago Baseball historians must read


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