“Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats” by Dirk Lammers
Baseball, history, professional
March 15, 2016
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)
One of the greatest feats in baseball for a pitcher is throwing a no-hitter. In the history of major league baseball, there have been 290 such games in which no batter on the opposing team was able to get a base hit. Each one of these games is mentioned in some manner in this very entertaining and informative book by Dirk Lammers.
The book is a mixture of lists of interesting facts about no-hitters, stories about the pitchers who threw them and commentary by the author who shows that he has done extensive research into no-hitters. Most of the stories are humorous and will leave the reader chuckling, such as the story of Dock Ellis, who pitched a no-hitter while high on acid.
Many obscure historical facts and pitchers are featured as well which adds to the charm of this book as it is more than just the well-known accomplishments of stars like Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax.The most interesting piece of this nature was an account of a no-hitter that wasn’t accomplished in the major leagues.Trevor May had pitched a partial game without allowing hit for a minor league team in 2014 before it was suspended. He was later called up to the Minnesota Twins before the game was resumed. Another pitcher took over and completed the no-hitter.
Stories and accounts such as these make this a very entertaining book for any baseball fan. It is highly recommended for all fans, and the format of the book makes it easy to read in short amounts to accommodate readers with busy schedules.
I wish to thank Unbridled Books for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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