Catcher: The Evolution of an American Folk Hero Peter Morris

ISBN: 9781615780037

Published: April 16th 2009

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400 pages


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Catcher: The Evolution of an American Folk Hero  by  Peter Morris

Catcher: The Evolution of an American Folk Hero by Peter Morris
April 16th 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 400 pages | ISBN: 9781615780037 | 9.71 Mb

Today the baseball catcher is a familiar but uninspiring figure. Decked out in the so-called tools of ignorance, he stolidly goes about his duty without attracting much attention. But it wasnt always that way, as Peter Morris shows in this livelyMoreToday the baseball catcher is a familiar but uninspiring figure. Decked out in the so-called tools of ignorance, he stolidly goes about his duty without attracting much attention.

But it wasnt always that way, as Peter Morris shows in this lively and original study. In baseballs early days, catchers stood a safe distance back of the batter. Then the introduction of the curveball in the 1870s led them to move up directly behind home plate, even though they still wore no gloves or protective equipment. Extraordinary courage became the catchers most notable requirement, but the new positioning also demanded that the catcher have lightning-fast reflexes, great hands, and a cannon for a throwing arm.

With so great a range of needed skills, a special mystique came to surround the position, and it began to seem that a good catcher could single-handedly make the difference between winning and losing.



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