Stand and Deliver: A History of Pinch-Hitting (Google eBook)

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McFarland, May 19, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 213 pages
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From "Princeton Charlie" Reilly, the first pinch-hitter ever, to today's pinnacle in pinch-hitting, Lenny Harris, this book enumerates the exploits and records of the best in this craft through the 2001 season. Among the statistics are many anecdotes of their performances. The decade-by-decade study of pinch-hitting begins in 1892 when it first became permissible to substitute players in major league baseball for reasons other than injury. In addition to focusing on the substitute batters who were the leaders in each era, there are chapters devoted to the characteristics of an effective pinch-hitter, preparation for the job, the impact of the designated hitter, and how a player becomes a pinch-hitter in the first place. The considerable accomplishments and strengths of these players, who for too long have not been given the recognition they deserve, are presented in detail.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
and the Designated Hitter Emerge
131
and Greg Gross Dominate
149
and Dave Hansen Carry On
160
The Impact of the Designated Hitter
171
AllTime PinchHitting Records
179
Notes
191
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Page 2 - Some of the game's greatest haven't been able to handle it. Yet men with .220 batting averages have been murder when sent up off the bench. I'll tell you this much: It's one of the toughest pressure jobs in baseball because most of the time it means the ballgame.

About the author (2003)

Paul Votano is also the author of Tony Lazzeri (2005) and Late and Close: A History of Relief Pitching (2002). He lives in LaGrangeville, New York where he operates his own public relations agency.

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