Pitching in a Pinch: or Baseball from the Inside by Christy MathewsonPitching in a Pinch: or Baseball from the Inside by Christy Mathewson

Pitching in a Pinch: or Baseball from the Inside

byChristy MathewsonIntroduction byEric Rolfe Greenberg

Paperback | March 1, 1994

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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 to a game tarnished by the rowdies who had dominated baseball in the 1890s.

Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in 1912, is an insider’s account blending anecdote, biography, instruction, and social history. It celebrates baseball as it was played in the first decade of the twentieth century by famous contemporaries like Honus Wagner and Rube Marquand, managers like John McGraw and Connie Mack, and many others. Always sensitive to psychology as well as technique, 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.

Introducing this Bison Books edition is Eric Rolfe Greenberg, whose acclaimed novel The Celebrant (1993), also a Bison Book, portrays the immortal Christy Mathewson.
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Title:Pitching in a Pinch: or Baseball from the InsideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 7.98 × 5.03 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:7.98 × 5.03 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0803282125

ISBN - 13:9780803282124

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Matty - a true great" Pitching in a Pinch was first published in 1912 and the book is made out to be by Mathewson but actually it was goast - written. The chapters of the book cover the National League's than New York Giants along with manager John McGraw. They tell you differn't stragety's in how to beat the opponent and they talk about the now forgotten baseball superstions.
Date published: 2001-01-26