Pitch That Killed, The: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Pennant Race of 1920

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348pp. pub 10/1/15. An undisputed classic, now available in print and eBook, updated to tie in to 2021 release of major documentary, WAR ON THE DIAMOND, based on the book.
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ISBN 978-1-938545-72-6
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On a torridly hot August day in 1920, Ray Chapman was struck and killed by a Carl Mays fastball in what was and remains the only on-the-field fatality in the history of major league baseball. The drama of Good Guy Ray Chapman versus Bad Guy Carl Mays is a wrenching human tale. Add to it an intense pennant race, the meteoric ascension of Babe Ruth who revolutionized how the game was played, the banning of the Black Sox players for throwing the previous year's World Series, and the story grows to one of the most fascinating and compelling in the annals of baseball history.

Mike Sowell's brilliant account of the events of 1920--meticulously researched and mellifluously written-captures all the intensity and tragedy of the moment of the Chapman beaning and the entire incredible season. Only a writer of Sowell's power and skill could do justice to such a tale, and the result is one of the mostly highly respected and widely acclaimed baseball books ever written.

The Summer Game Books edition is the first and only eBook of this classic, and features an exclusive new epilogue by the author, now with 25 years of perspective, during which time the legends of Mays, Chapman, and Chapman's replacement, Joe Sewell, have only grown. 



Part I: Carl Mays

Part II: Ray Chapman

Part III: The Pennant Race

Part IV: The Beaning

Part V: The Boycott

Part VI: Joe Sewell

Part VII: The Aftermath



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