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Pitching in a Pinch, or, Baseball from the Inside (1912)

by Christy Mathewson, John N. Wheeler

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Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in 1912, is an insider's account of the world of baseball, 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, and spring training; and the importance of superstition to athletes. ?Matty?, as he was called, makes the listener feel that tense moment when a player in a pinch must use his head.… (more)

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An inside baseball book by one of the all time greats. If you are a baseball fan or have a particular interest in the "dead ball era" then you should get your hands on this book. It is a fast read too. ( )
  gregdehler | Apr 29, 2018 |
Surprisingly fresh and entertaining.
  Capybara_99 | Jul 17, 2013 |
It's interesting to read this more than 100 years after the fact. Mathewson was a huge star at the time, the idol of nearly every boy in the country. Also, it wasn't ghost written, he was one of the very few college educated baseball players at the time. Fun hearing him talk about the other players and teams in the vernacular of the day ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 19, 2013 |
It saddens me greatly to give this book such a dismal review. This is a book that I had hoped to like much more than I actually did; however, I suppose you don't pick up expecting or hoping not to like it. Regardless, I found the book extremely difficult to get through. The book it considerably antiquated, the writing style somewhat inaccessible. There are some anecdotes that are mildly entertaining, it was interesting to learn that the game was played at a different level than it is currently - players beaned int he head unconscious and hospitalized for days return to the game without a thought. But over all its not a very compelling book and unbelievably difficult for me to get through. ( )
  RDHawk6886 | May 4, 2013 |
Perhaps the prototype for all "inside baseball" books written since. There's some interesting stuff in here, but much of what Matty has to say is pretty cliched. Frankly I was hoping for more.

This short review has also been published on a dabbler's journal. ( )
  joeldinda | Oct 4, 2011 |
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Christy Mathewsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Wheeler, John N.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenberg, Eric RolfeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, RedIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in 1912, is an insider's account of the world of baseball, 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, and spring training; and the importance of superstition to athletes. ?Matty?, as he was called, makes the listener feel that tense moment when a player in a pinch must use his head.

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