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9 Innings

I finally picked up 9 Innings, by Dan Okrent (who also wrote Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, and is the public editor of the NY Times).

9 Innings isn’t just another baseball book, but a detailed and digressive dissection of a single game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles on 10 June 1982. You’ll learn about the history of the slider, the hidden language of catchers’ signals, the physiology of pitching, the balance sheet of a club owner (Selig’s balance sheet, in fact), and the gait of a player stepping up to the plate. It took Okrent nearly four years to write the book, and it’s enthralling. Baseball isn’t a simple game, and this book reveals the complexities.

I’ll never watch baseball the same way again. And I regret that I’ll never write a book like this one.

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Written by Michael

23 Mar 2004 at 414pm

Posted in Misc.

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