High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time

3.51 avg rating
( 129 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780306819704: High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time

What is it about a quality fastball that brings us to the edge of our seats? How is it humanly possible to throw faster than 100 mph? And the big question: Who is the fastest pitcher ever?

High Heat takes us on what filmmaker Ken Burns calls a "compelling, relentless, riveting" quest to deliver answers to the most intriguing questions about the fastball. Wendel provides insight into one of baseball's most exhilarating yet mystifying draws while exploring the remarkable feats and trials of the pitchers who have attempted to master it.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Tim Wendel is the author of eight books. A founding editor of USA Today Baseball Weekly, he has written for Esquire, GQ, and Washingtonian magazines. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

From Publishers Weekly:

Intent on determining the fastest pitcher ever, Wendel (founding editor of USA TODAY Baseball Weekly) questions former and current players, managers, scouts, historians and other experts for insight into what has become one of the most prized proficiencies in all of sports. Wendel examines such high-heat icons as Walter Johnson, Satchel Paige, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson, but also brings readers along on field research: browsing, white-gloved, through documents at the National Baseball Hall of Fame; visiting a rural cemetery in search of the unusual grave marker of James Creighton ("the game's first true fireballer"); making his own fastball attempt at the American Sports Medicine Institute; and more. Wendel also reflects on the fastball's dark side, looking at the steroids era and batters struck (in one instance, killed) by high-speed pitches. Wendel's too-clever organization can muddle the narrative-chapters are arranged by the phases of a pitch ("The Windup," "The Pivot," "The Stride," etc.)-but he presents a satisfying search for the ultimate fastball pitcher, with a result that's just conclusive enough (going to the player "who persevered the most with what was bestowed upon him") while leaving plenty of room for baseball die-hards' second-favorite sport: debating other fans.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wendel, Tim
Published by Da Capo Press
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
P-Town Book Sales
(Petaluma, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0306819708 New Condition. Light shelf wear on cover. Bookseller Inventory # Z4N-HA5Y-D123

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Wendel, Tim
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY7ZG0032HR

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Tim Wendel
Published by Hachette Book Group
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hachette Book Group. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0306819708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Wendel, Tim
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KS-9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Tim Wendel
Published by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. What is it about a quality fastball that brings us to the edge of our seats? How is it humanly possible to throw faster than 100 mph? And the big question: Who is the fastest pitcher ever? High Heat takes us on what filmmaker Ken Burns calls a compelling, relentless, riveting quest to deliver answers to the most intriguing questions about the fastball. Wendel provides insight into one of baseball s most exhilarating yet mystifying draws while exploring the remarkable feats and trials of the pitchers who have attempted to master it. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Tim Wendel
Published by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. What is it about a quality fastball that brings us to the edge of our seats? How is it humanly possible to throw faster than 100 mph? And the big question: Who is the fastest pitcher ever? High Heat takes us on what filmmaker Ken Burns calls a compelling, relentless, riveting quest to deliver answers to the most intriguing questions about the fastball. Wendel provides insight into one of baseball s most exhilarating yet mystifying draws while exploring the remarkable feats and trials of the pitchers who have attempted to master it. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Tim Wendel
Published by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. What is it about a quality fastball that brings us to the edge of our seats? How is it humanly possible to throw faster than 100 mph? And the big question: Who is the fastest pitcher ever? High Heat takes us on what filmmaker Ken Burns calls a compelling, relentless, riveting quest to deliver answers to the most intriguing questions about the fastball. Wendel provides insight into one of baseball s most exhilarating yet mystifying draws while exploring the remarkable feats and trials of the pitchers who have attempted to master it. Bookseller Inventory # BZE9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Tim Wendel
Published by Da Capo Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press, 2011. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TH9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.51
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Tim Wendel
Published by Da Capo Press Inc
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press Inc. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780306819704

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.16
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Tim Wendel
Published by Da Capo Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0306819708 ISBN 13: 9780306819704
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Da Capo Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0306819708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book