27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games #2020

27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games By Michael Coffey Men Out Baseball s Perfect Games Now in paperback Michael Coffey s wonderful book about baseball s holy grail the perfect game The best baseball book of theason Booklist There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the mod
  • Title: 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games
  • Author: Michael Coffey
  • ISBN: 9780743446075
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • 27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games By Michael Coffey
    27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games By Michael Coffey Now in paperback, Michael Coffey s wonderful book about baseball s holy grail, the perfect game The best baseball book of theason Booklist.There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the modern era of baseball The great Cy Young fittingly hurled the first one, in 1904, and Randy Johnson pitched the last one, in May 2004 In between, some great and famoNow in paperback, Michael Coffey s wonderful book about baseball s holy grail, the perfect game The best baseball book of theason Booklist.There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the modern era of baseball The great Cy Young fittingly hurled the first one, in 1904, and Randy Johnson pitched the last one, in May 2004 In between, some great and famous pitchers Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, and Don Larsen performed the feat, as did those lesser known, like Charlie Robertson and Len Barker Fifteen in 160,000 games The odds are staggering In 27 Men Out, popular historian Michael Coffey offers an expansive look at these unsurpassable pitching performances Here you ll find play by play accounts of each of the fifteen perfect games and expert assessments of those who pitched them Along the way, Coffey goes beyond the box scores to provide fascinating details about how these games unfolded, as well as compelling anecdotes about all of the key players from Koufax s controversial holdout with Don Drysdale to Mike Witt s victimization by the baseball commissioner to Dennis Martinez s struggle up from an impoverished Nicaraguan childhood A must have for baseball fans, historians, and statisticians alike, 27 Men Out is an exciting new benchmark in sports literature.
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      Michael Coffey

    About “Michael Coffey

    • Michael Coffey

      Michael Coffey received his B.A in English at the University of Notre Dame and an M.A from Leeds University in Anglo Irish Literature Former co editorial director at Publishers Weekly, he has published three books of poems, a collection of short stories, a book about baseball s perfect games, and co edited a book about Irish immigration to America.

    147 thoughts on “27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games

    • The perfect gamee Holy Grail for pitchers27 men come to the plate, 27 men sit downbody reaches 1st base for any reason hit, hit by pitch, walk, error on defense, passed ball on third strike In the modern era of baseball which began in 1903 before that time, pitchers pitched underhanded and it took eight balls for a walk there have been 21 perfect games pitched This book, which only covers the years through 1999, addresses 14 of these masterpieces The first one was pitched by the icon Cy Young, i [...]


    • Baseball s perfect games, there have only been fifteen The first perfect game was thrown by Cy Young in 1904 and the last thrown by Randy Johnson in 2004 A lot of things have to happen to throw a perfect game It s a rarity and when it happens, if you get to be an eyewitness, you ll never forget it.


    • I get a kick out of this sort of thing The stories of each of Major League Baseball s perfect games, through Randy Johnson s, told in the context of the state of the sport and the culture when they happened, with exacting thoroughness, comprehensive research and an engaging narrative voice Would be a great cover to cover read, I m sure, but you could also as I did pick it up and put it down as you read other things.


    • I read about one of the men who threw a perfect game, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees the chapter also talks about how baseball carried the games out to people in other parts of the country where the game was not They used child actors to simulate the game brought to them by telegraph, radio and Playographs.The chapter claims Larsen did not show up at the ballpark until 10 30, and did not know that he was pitching It says the game was intense, with the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Sal Maglie thro [...]


    • A book basically for the serious baseball fan What I liked about it was that each game was put into the context of the era when it was pitched The chapter on the Koufax game discussed his holdout with Drysdale and the early formation of the player s union Hunter s chapter discussed his role in the creation of free agency Witt s role in the Collusion episode of the late 80 s was discussed It wasn t simply a dry recounting of the balls and strikes of each game, although that was there as well It w [...]


    • Excellent work Any baseball fan will get pure enjoyment reading this, comprehensive work on the 14 men that threw the only perfect games in modern baseball history, from 1903 through May 17th, 2004 In a period a little over 100 years, over 150,000 games, only 14 games were perfect games by the one pitcher in that game Great book, outstanding book As a side note, research on the internet found in the period from May 18th, 2004 through April 21st, 2012, seven perfect games were added to this list [...]


    • Really enjoyed this one and how the author wove the history of the times into the stories of these perfect games I think somebody who actually liked baseball a lot than I do would really enjoy it


    • The material is worth a far better book Coffey obviously loves the game, but this is only apparent in his drippingly sentimental conclusion The preceding 265 pages are just humdrum facts pieced together by boring prose Instantly forgettable.


    • At the end of the book I sensed an anti Red Sox tone I was enjoying it up until that point I would have given it five stars.



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