SOURCE: Unbridled Books

March 15, 2016 15:00 ET

Baseball's No Hitters History Brought to Life in New Book

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - March 15, 2016) - Just in time for the upcoming baseball season, Unbridled Books releases Baseball's No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats, which fleshes out the most colorful characters and amazing performances from baseball's 294 no-hit efforts and weaves them into a series of compelling narratives. Legendary Hall of Famers share pages with struggling journeymen and wide-eyed rookies in this entertaining look at some of baseball's most memorable moments.

  • An athlete born with one hand (Jim Abbott)
  • A 25-year-old right-hander who tossed a no-hitter while tripping on LSD (Dock Ellis)
  • Guys with nicknames such as Bumpus, Bobo, Cannonball and Nixey are sprinkled among legends such as Cy Young, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax

The book's 32 chapters are interspersed with "Did You Know?" lists of fun facts, statistics and other interesting tidbits.

  • "Four balls and a bop on the beezer", chronicling Babe Ruth's contribution to a 1917 combined no-no mostly accomplished by Ernie Shore.
  • "Mum's the word", delving into the baseball superstition of not mentioning a no-no in progress and its infiltration into the broadcast booth.
  • "Houston, we have a problem", telling the tale of Houston's Ken Johnson -- the only major league pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter yet lose.

Baseball's No-Hit Wonders, bolstered by personal interviews, painstaking research and over 90 illustrations, is written by Dirk Lammers, an award-winning Associated Press journalist who for years has blogged about the New York Mets' 50-year quest for the team's first no-hitter, which ended with Yohan Santana's no-no. His site, expanded in 2012 to document all of Major League Baseball's no-hitters, has already generated press coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.

RE: Baseball's No-Hit Wonders: More Than A Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats

By Dirk Lammers

Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Unbridled Books

ISBN: 978-1609531256, $18.95, 464 pages, illustrations, Sports

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