By Joe Cox,Jim Bunning
From 1908 to 2015, there were 13 pitchers who've started significant League Baseball video games through retiring the 1st twenty-six opposing batters, yet then, one out from finishing an ideal video game, by some means faltering (or having perfection stolen from them). 3 different pitchers did effectively retire twenty-seven batters in a row, yet are nonetheless no longer credited with ideal video games. whereas tales of pitching the best video game were instructed and retold, Almost Perfect appears at how baseball, at its center, is ready heartbreak, and those 16 males are toward what baseball fairly is, and why we stay invested within the recreation. writer Joe Cox visits this concept via a century of baseball and during those 16 pitchers—recounting their video games in exciting style, telling the private tales of the attention-grabbing (and very human) baseball figures concerned, and exploring the historic American and baseball backdrops of every improper gem.
From George “Hooks” Wiltse's approximately ideal video game in 1908 to “Hard success” Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning, 36-consecutive-outs functionality on may well 26, 1959 (the so much brilliant single-game pitching functionality in baseball historical past) to Max Scherzer’s close to pass over in 2015, Joe Cox’s publication captures the motion, the humanity, and the historical past of the nationwide pastime’s maximum “almosts.”
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