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By Joe Cox,Jim Bunning

The wealthy, poignant stories of significant league baseball’s so much hard-luck fraternity—the pitchers of its Almost-Perfect Games

From 1908 to 2015, there were 13 pitchers who've started significant League Baseball video games by means of retiring the 1st twenty-six opposing batters, yet then, one out from finishing an ideal online 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 now not credited with excellent video games. whereas tales of pitching the right video game were instructed and retold, Almost Perfect appears at how baseball, at its middle, is set heartbreak, and those 16 males are toward what baseball relatively is, and why we stay invested within the recreation. writer Joe Cox visits this inspiration via a century of baseball and during those 16 pitchers—recounting their video games in exciting type, telling the private tales of the attention-grabbing (and very human) baseball figures concerned, and exploring the historic American and baseball backdrops of every fallacious gem.

From George “Hooks” Wiltse's approximately excellent online game in 1908 to “Hard good fortune” Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning, 36-consecutive-outs functionality on may possibly 26, 1959 (the so much wonderful single-game pitching functionality in baseball heritage) to Max Scherzer’s close to omit in 2015, Joe Cox’s booklet captures the motion, the humanity, and the background of the nationwide pastime’s maximum “almosts.”

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