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High Heat

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.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Baseball

On Sale: March 22nd 2011

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9780306819704

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Reader Reviews


Publishers Weekly, 1/24/11
“It's as much about hard science as putting mustard on the ball.”

Toronto Globe and Mail, 3/12/11
“A book rich in the sort of anecdotes that baseball fans crave.”, 3/29/11
“Wendel regales us with the quest for the fastest pitcher of all time.”, 4/24/11
“A delightful, informative account…High Heat isn’t a precise and orderly book. Like having a conversation with a supremely informed and eloquent fan, you’ll find the usual array of diversions and revelations and personal observations. But damned if you don’t devour the book with a smile on your face and a refreshed perspective.”
Viva Tysons, March/April 2011
“[An] engrossing nonfiction book exploring the secrets behind baseball’s most formidable pitch.”, 1/17/11
High Heat accomplishes the art of story-telling while remaining historically correct and informative…Anyone who is a SABR member, baseball historian, or avid fan of the game would truly enjoy the book…A wonderful read.”

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