Catcher by Peter Morris
How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero

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Today the baseball catcher is a familiar but uninspiring figure. Decked out in the so-called tools of ignorance, he stolidly goes about his duty without attracting much attention. But it wasn't always that way, as Peter Morris shows in this lively and original study. In baseball's early days, catchers stood a safe distance behind the batter. Then the introduction of the curveball in the 1870s led them to move up directly behind home plate, even though they still wore no gloves or protective equipment. Extraordinary courage became the catcher's most notable requirement, but the new positioning also demanded that the catcher have lightning-fast reflexes, great hands, and a cannon for a throwing arm.

About Peter Morris

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Peter W. G. Morris is Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom. Professor Morris is also Vice President of the Association for Project Management and Vice Chairman of the International Project Management Association.Jeffrey K. Pinto is a Professor at the School of Business, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, Pennsylvania.
Published April 3, 2009 by Ivan R. Dee. 288 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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