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

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Lyons Press
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5.5 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Mike Sowell teaches journalism at Oklahoma State University. He has also written One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, outside of Oklahoma City.


Splendidly researched and vivid as today....Remarkable.--Roger Kahn
Sowell did a masterful job of research in bringing to life the incident and all the things that were going on in baseball then.--Phil Tatman "Orlando Sentinel "
Sowell twirls tragedy with triumph in a thoroughly engaging manner and delivers a book as captivating as it is well-written.--Mark Luce "Chicago Tribune "
Sowell thoroughly explored that horrifying incident in his 1989 book and provided fascinating historical context.--Oregonian
The best baseball book no one has read.--ESPN the Magazine
...An outstanding book.... In short, one hell of a year, which Sowell captures perfectly.--Mudville
A 2004 Best bet.... Glorious and horrifying baseball book.--Poughkeepsie Journal
A fascinating study of the circumstances behind the only time a major leaguer was ever killed by a pitched ball.--Baseball Book Survey
Sowell's outstanding book tells the story of both men and of the thrilling pennant race that followed Chapman's death.--Golfdom