The Greatest Game Ever Pitched by Jim Kaplan
Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn, and the Pitching Duel of the Century

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Even before their epic pitching duel, Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn already had a lot in common. Future Hall of Famers with high-kicking deliveries, they were shaped into winners by character-building experiences in the military. Spahn had been baseball's most winning pitcher in the 1950s, and Marichal would be equally dominant in the 1960s. Marichal's and Spahn's incredible performances on July 2, 1963, would forever link their names together in baseball history. The Braves' Spahn and the Giants' Marichal began their duel in San Francisco's cold and windy Candlestick Park. Four hours later, the two pitching legends were deadlocked in a scoreless tie when Willie Mays hit a walk-off home run to end the greatest game ever pitched. In between, Marichal and Spahn each threw more than 200 pitches and went 16 innings without relief. Considering today's culture of pitch counts and coddled arms, it was a night we won't see repeated ever again. In The Greatest Game Ever Pitched, author Jim Kaplan weaves the 1963 contest through a dual biography of its principals in a book that is sure to be a home run with baseball fans everywhere.

About Jim Kaplan

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Jim Kaplan is the author of 19 books, including 13 on baseball as well as Historic America: New England, Lefty Grove: American Original, and Golden Years of Baseball. He graduated from Yale University and earned a master's from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. After three years of covering sports for the Minneapolis Star, he spent 16 years at Sports Illustrated then turned to freelance writing. He divides his time between Northampton and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Greg Spahn is the only child of Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn and this is his first book. He lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Published February 1, 2011 by Triumph Books. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Instead of focusing solely on a single game—even though the author and others have dubbed the July 1963, 16-inning duel between Marichal and Spahn the greatest game ever pitched—Kaplan undertakes a

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Book Reporter

(In fact, if all the pages containing actual game information were tallied, they would probably account for less than a third of the total content.) This is not to say that Spahn's and Marichal's stories don't deserve to be told, but it's too much when you're promoting the "pitching duel of the c...

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And while the game, and the 15,000 or so fans who remained certainly witnessed one of the greatest pitching duels of all time, the story of the game itself, essentially 16 innings of zeroes, doesn't fill more than a fraction of the pages of the book, despite Kaplan's attempt to drag it out.

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