“The Pitch That Killed” by Mike Sowell

Since I have been doing more reading that usual these past few months, I thought I would start sharing some of my current books. So keep an eye out for some good reads.

“The Pitch That Killed” chronicles the 1920 pennant race, but more importantly the death of the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman after the pitch of the New York Yankees’ Carl Mays. Sowell describes the lives and timeline of each player with such a fluid and complete motion, its as if he turned a literary double play. The game and its atmosphere come alive, making yesteryear’s ballplayers breathe again inside their sepia photographs.

It was a great read, easily available, and a real treat. It never dragged with its engaging storytelling and well researched details. It has inspired me to tackle “MoneyBall” this summer as well.