Stand and Deliver: A History of Pinch-Hitting (Google eBook)
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
11 hits 1985 World Series all-time American League Angeles backup ball base hits baseball baseman bench best average best pinch-hitting average Boston Braves Brooklyn Cardinals catcher Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland club Cubs Dave Dave Philley designated hitter Detroit died Dodgers emergency batsman Famer future Hall Giants Hall of Fame hit safely home runs homers Ibid Indians Joe Cronin Johnny Johnny Mize July later leader in pinch-hit League in pinch-hit led the NL left-handed hitter left-handed hitting outfielder Lenny Harris lifetime BA Louis major league career manager Manny Mota mark Mize National League native October Orioles outfielder Philadelphia Phillies pinch pinch-hit at-bats pinch-hit home runs pinch-hitting appearances pinch-swinger Pirates pitch pitcher Pittsburgh played player produced Red Sox regular reserve outfielder right-handed hitter right-handed hitting rookie runs batted September Smoky Burgess substitute batter teammate Tigers traded White Sox World Series Yankees York
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.