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 via retiring the 1st twenty-six opposing batters, yet then, one out from finishing an ideal video game, in some way 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 precise online game were advised and retold, Almost Perfect appears at how baseball, at its middle, is ready heartbreak, and those 16 males are in the direction of what baseball relatively is, and why we stay invested within the recreation. writer Joe Cox visits this suggestion 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 old American and baseball backdrops of every unsuitable gem.

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

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