Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson
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This book, though written by Wheeler, bears Matty's mark and the flavor of the age. It is still, after all these years, a good read.
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An inside baseball memoir from the game’s first superstar, with a foreword by Chad Harbach

Christy Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “Five Immortals,” he was an unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelve straight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series. Pitching in a Pinch, his witty and digestible book of baseball insights, stories, and wisdom, was first published over a hundred years ago and presents readers with Mathewson’s plainspoken perspective on the diamond of yore—on the players, the chances they took, the jinxes they believed in, and, most of all, their love of the game. Baseball fans will love to read first-hand accounts of the infamous Merkle’s Boner incident, Giants manager John McGraw, and the unstoppable Johnny Evers and to learn how much—and just how little—has really changed in a hundred years.

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Christy Mathewson (1880–1925) was the first national baseball superstar through his seventeen-year major league career, mostly with the New York Giants.Chad Harbach is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.Red Smith (1905–1982) was one of the greatest sportswriters of all time. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.
Published March 27, 2013 by Penguin Classics. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Thorn on Apr 26 2013

This book, though written by Wheeler, bears Matty's mark and the flavor of the age. It is still, after all these years, a good read.

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