Terry McDermott - Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception

In Off Speed, Terry McDermott weaves the fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (nine chapters, nine innings, nine pitches), he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with the enormous wealth of new data brought to the sport by the growing legion of statisticians who are transforming many of the sport's once sacred beliefs.
 
As a lifelong baseball fan, McDermott approaches his subject with the love every fan brings to the park plus the expertise of an investigative journalist, exploring with irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity both the technical side and the romance of the game.
 
“Entertaining and wistful. . . McDermott demystifies baseball, illustrating the game’s “secret beauty” from being built over a very long time.”  --Publishers Weekly
 
“The narrative is filled with passion and insight into how the game’s measured pace can seem both out of touch with fast-paced contemporary life and a temporary corrective to that fast pace.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers--Who They Were, Why They Did It.
 
Read an excerpt of the book here.
View the actual pitches, inning by inning, here.
 
 
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$23.95
ISBN: 9780307379429
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 16th, 2017

The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 MasterMind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316186582
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 16th, 2013

101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307388339
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Published: Vintage Books - June 14th, 2011