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The craft of pitching
Jansen, Larry, 1920-2009.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Masters Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
xi, 242 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV871 .J35 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV871 .J35 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In a truly unique approach, Larry Jansen lends insight into the physical features of pitching and discusses the mental processes that produce the physical dynamics. Drawing upon a successful career as big league pitcher and coach, The Craft of Pitching drives home the author's concepts of pitching preparation, mechanics, control and placement, tactics and psychology in a manner as easy to grasp as the hardball itself. Complementing Jansen's expert testimony are the meticulously rendered drawings of Karl Van Loo whose illustrations, based on selected photos of Major Leaguers in action, personal demonstrations by Jansen and displays by selected players and coaches, thoroughly depict step-by-step techniques of pitching -- in fact, completely detail the process from the time the pitcher steps on the mound through his delivery to the plate.

But to say that this book is only a guide to pitching is to miss the inside corner. Beyond the warfare tactics of pitcher versus hitter, this is a sensitive, revealing account of a great pitcher, coach and man and his relationship with a sport, a wife and family, friends and teammates. Read the remarks of Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry and learn why Perry says "Coach Larry Jansen was the first coach I thanked that day", referring to his induction into the Hall; share the perceptions of Eileen Jansen, Larry's wife of 56 years, on the life of a baseball wife immersed in her husband's career, raising a family of ten between innings; listen as one distinguished voice of the game, Larry Jansen, addresses the issue of player attitudes and behavior on and off the field. For coaches, players, families and fans of the game, this is an opportunityto renew faith in the fantastic game of baseball from the vantage point of center stag