Book Review: Baseballs No Hit Wonders

nohitwondersBaseballs No-Hit Wonders: More than a century of pitching’s greatest feats is a book about both perfection and near perfection. This book contains the “strange but true history of the no-hitter in America’s greatest game”

Each chapter looks back on a historic no hitter and after each chapter is a ‘did you know’? box with some details about other no hitters.  This book is long, just under 500 pages, but it contains everything you could ever want to know about no hitters in baseball – and then some.  Truly packed full with great information, trivia, stories and tid bits.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Baseball’s No-hit Wonders honors legendary pitchers Cy Young, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, and Sandy Koufax while introducing readers to the eccentrics and one-shot wonders. The book, the first of its kind in fifteen years, fleshes out the colorful characters, compelling narratives, and statistical oddities from baseball’s 290 no-hit efforts—as well as the many near-misses that are also part of the national pastime’s storied history.

There is detail and great research, but also a fun, breezy take on the game, from the no-hitter thrown by a pitcher on acid, the worst hitters most known for breaking up no-hitters, and guys with nicknames such as Bo, Bumpus, Bobo, Cannonball, and Nixey. Even the game’s greatest slugger is credited with a partial no-hitter, and all he did was throw a punch.

Chapters on the best no-hitters of all time are interspersed with Did You Know? lists of no-hitters by days of the week, by team, by city, and more, as well as lists of the best no-hitters of the Negro Leagues, catchers who caught the most no-hitters, and the best pitchers NOT to throw a no-hitter.

Updated continuously at NoNoHitters.com

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