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Stand and deliver : a history of pinch-hitting
Votano, Paul, 1929-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The makeup of an effective pinch-hitter -- 1876-1899: the pinch-hitting pioneers -- 1900-1909: pinch-hitting begins developing in earnest -- 1910-1919: Moose McCormick, the best yet off the bench -- 1920-1929: Cy Williams starts setting home run records -- 1930-1939: Red Lucas, Johnny Frederick and Bing Miller excel -- 1940-1949: none better than a couple of Joes named Cronin and Schultz -- 1950-1959: one extreme, Johnny Mize, to another, Eddie Gaedel -- 1960-1969: Smoky Burgess and Jerry Lynch make it an art form -- 1970-1979: Manny Mota, Jose Morales and the designated hitter emerge -- 1980-1989: Del Unser, Cliff Johnson and Greg Gross dominate -- 1990-2002: Lenny Harris, John Vander Wal and Dave Hansen carry on -- The impact of the designated hitter.
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GV869 .V68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

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

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Booklist Review

The baseball role of pinch-hitter is unique in sports. It's typically a one-play window, often under pressure, with no warm up, and bereft of any chance at redemption until the next game. Votano, who explored relief pitching in Late and Close (2002), examines pinch-hitting within the historical context of the game and presents the thoughts of many baseball observers--including the specialists themselves. He plumbs baseball archives and presents the progress of pinch-hitting decade by decade, beginning with the exploits of Tom Daly, who hit the first pinch home run in 1892. He continues in significant detail through the 1940s and swings into high gear in the 1950s when Smoky Burgess anderry Lynch set the standards for modern pinch hitters. At times Votano relies too much on statistics, but he injects enough comments from principals and analysis of the special mindset of the pinch hitter to keep things moving at a brisk pace. A nice choice for serious baseball fans. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1. The Makeup of an Effective Pinch-Hitterp. 3
2. 1876-1899: The Pinch-Hitting Pioneersp. 14
3. 1900-1909: Pinch-Hitting Begins Developing in Earnestp. 22
4. 1910-1919: Moose McCormick, the Best Yet Off the Benchp. 34
5. 1920-1929: Cy Williams Starts Setting Home Run Recordsp. 50
6. 1930-1939: Red Lucas, Johnny Frederick and Bing Miller Excelp. 64
7. 1940-1949: None Better Than a Couple of Joes Named Cronin and Schultzp. 77
8. 1950-1959: One Extreme--Johnny Mize--to Another--Eddie Gaedelp. 93
9. 1960-1969: Smoky Burgess and Jerry Lynch Make It an Art Formp. 111
10. 1970-1979: Manny Mota, Jose Morales and the Designated Hitter Emergep. 131
11. 1980-1989: Del Unser, Cliff Johnson and Greg Gross Dominatep. 149
12. 1990-2002: Lenny Harris, John Vander Wal and Dave Hansen Carry Onp. 160
13. The Impact of the Designated Hitterp. 171
Appendix All-Time Pinch-Hitting Recordsp. 179
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 199