Book — xiv, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The slider : a little itty bitty dot
The fastball : velo is king
The curveball : a karate chop with a ball
The knuckleball : grabbing the wing of a butterfly
The splitter : through the trapdoor
The screwball : the Sasquatch of baseball
The sinker : the furthest strike from the hitter's eyes
The changeup : a dollar bill hooked on a fishing line
The spitball : hit the dry side
The cutter : at the end, it will move.
"From the New York Times baseball columnist, a ... history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today"--Dust jacket flap.
Even the slightest calibration can turn a baseball from 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.Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. -- adapted from jacket