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By Joe Cox,Jim Bunning

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

From 1908 to 2015, there were 13 pitchers who've all started significant League Baseball video games by way 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 ideal online game were informed and retold, Almost Perfect appears to be like at how baseball, at its center, is set heartbreak, and those 16 males are towards what baseball relatively is, and why we stay invested within the game. 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 non-public tales of the attention-grabbing (and very human) baseball figures concerned, and exploring the ancient American and baseball backdrops of every mistaken gem.

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

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