Only 16 pitchers in the past 122 years have completed the most rare feat in all of sports the perfect game. Each perfect game is examined individually with firsthand accounts from the pitcher, his teammates, opponents, coaches, managers, and sportswriters who were there that day. In addition to the 16 record setters, Buckley has researched all the ...
Only 16 pitchers in the past 122 years have completed the most rare feat in all of sports the perfect game. Each perfect game is examined individually with firsthand accounts from the pitcher, his teammates, opponents, coaches, managers, and sportswriters who were there that day. In addition to the 16 record setters, Buckley has researched all the other pitchers who were one pitch from history."
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-11 Buckley (The Visual Dictionary of Baseball and Play Ball: The Official Major League Baseball Guide for Young Players) offers a breezy infield-banter tone to his scenarios of baseball's 16 perfect games, events in a stadium that could be overshadowed only by the apparition of Abner Doubleday in the upper deck. Buckley is a bleacher bum: "what ifs" abound throughout the thin bleacher talk analysis. While his press-box chatter can get tiresome, it does work in the last chapter, "Nearly Perfect," about those who "also-pitched," such as Pirate Harvey Haddix whose 12 innings of perfect ball were lost to the record books by a hit in the 13th inning. Certainly Buckley is too casual for baseball's elevated class of statisticians: perfect games are located in the deep stats outfield but he offers only a few averages (perfect games occur "about once every 7.5 years") and mentions an individual perfect game probability theorem as "a formula so complicated I won't even bother to explain it." In the end, he doesn't explain much about the significance of a perfect game, but casual readers and fans will leave the book with Buckley's hoots and cheers ringing in their ears. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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