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K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches (utgåvan 2019)

av Tyler Kepner (Författare)

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The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating. In K- A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with infectious passion for the game, Kepner brings readers inside the minds of combatants sixty feet, six inches apart. Filled with priceless insights from many of the best pitchers in baseball history--from Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan to Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw--K will be the definitive book on pitching and join such works as The Glory of Their Times and Moneyball as a classic of the genre.… (mer)
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Titel:K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches
Författare:Tyler Kepner (Författare)
Info:Doubleday (2019), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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New York Times baseball columnist Tyler Kepner found an interesting way to present a brief history of baseball, and about some of baseball's best pitchers, in his book "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches". By writing about the significant pitches used over the years, from the fastball to the change up, from the hard slider to the fluttering knuckle ball, from the curve to the cutter, from the legal to the illegal, he looks at how baseball has evolved over the years. Kepner describes each pitch, it's origins, how the ball is held and thrown, and the early proponents and masters of each pitch. He also includes stories about some of the best hitters in the game, and how even the best of hitters could be fooled by each pitch. As you read the book, you should enjoy hearing about a few players you may never have heard of, about players from your childhood you may have forgotten, about a number of Hall-of-Fame players, and about some of today's best players.

My only regret was in selecting the audiobook format for this book. Because I was out and about while listening, I didn't have the opportunity to hold a ball in my hands as Kepner described how the pitchers held the ball, or to have illustrations to see what he was describing. Listening to the words without the images left me wanting more.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
I was hoping for something else. There's good stuff here, but the presentation's a letdown, and I'm not sure why. It's just kind of formless. ( )
  joeldinda | Mar 7, 2021 |
Cool way to tell some baseball history. Really liked having interviews from the different players. ( )
  mbeaty91 | Sep 9, 2020 |
Tyler Kepner explores ten different pitches in baseball, describing how they're thrown, how they move, and the history of how they originated and developed. The ten pitches include standard pitches like the fastball, curveball, and slider.

But Kepner also explores pitches that only an elite cadre of pitchers can master (the knuckleball) and a pitch that only one pitcher can really handle (Mariano Rivera and the cutter). He also explores pitches that had peaks of popularity in the past but are all but absent in the present-day game (the screwball and the splitter). Kepner even devotes a chapter to spitballs, scuffballs, and other modifications to the ball that affect pitches and the gamesmenship of pitchers known to use them.

The book is written in an oral history style, relying on Kepner's interviews with current and retired pitchers and coaches as well as quotes from earlier works that covered now deceased pitchers. The book is a creative way to look at the history of baseball from the perspective of one of its most important facets.

Favorite Passages:
Every pitch is a decision. That is the beauty and the burden of the pitcher. Think there’s downtime in baseball? Tell it to the man on the mound, all alone on that dirt bull’s-eye. The catcher thinks along with him, back behind the plate, but the pitcher rules the game. Nothing happens until he answers these questions: Which pitch should I throw, where should I throw it, and why? It is an awesome responsibility.



I’ve found that most people in baseball tend to be…pretty nice. And of all the subsets of folks in the game, knuckleball pitchers might be the nicest. They are also part of the smallest group, which helps explain it. Almost all knuckleballers were rejected by the game before they could last very long. They earned their living by grabbing the wing of a butterfly and then, somehow, steering it close enough to the strike zone, again and again, to baffle the best hitters in the world.



In the 1930s, the prime of the great Giant lefty Carl Hubbell, “screwball” came to describe a specific genre of Hollywood comedies: battle of the sexes, often with a woman’s madcap antics upending a stuffy man’s world. In his book about Depression-era films, Andrew Bergman wrote that “screwball comedy,” like Hubbell’s famous pitch, was “unconventional, went in different directions and behaved in unexpected ways.”



“Have I ever told you about my agreement with the ball?” Quisenberry asked Angell, who said no. “Well, our deal is that I’m not going to throw you very hard as long as you promise to move around when you get near the plate, because I want you back. So if you do your part, we’ll get to play some more.”



After two chaotic decades or so, the spitball was banned for 1920, the same year the country went dry under Prohibition. The rule simply turned the mound into a speakeasy, with many pitchers going undercover to get the same slippery edge as their predecessors. ( )
  Othemts | Jun 6, 2020 |
Great idea. Not the best delivery. Or, perhaps, just a dull narrator, since this was an audiobook. Try as I might it just couldn’t hold my attention. ( )
  tkgbjenn1 | Feb 26, 2020 |
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The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating. In K- A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with infectious passion for the game, Kepner brings readers inside the minds of combatants sixty feet, six inches apart. Filled with priceless insights from many of the best pitchers in baseball history--from Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan to Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw--K will be the definitive book on pitching and join such works as The Glory of Their Times and Moneyball as a classic of the genre.

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