MORE STRANGE BUT TRUE BASEBALL STORIES by Howard Liss

MORE STRANGE BUT TRUE BASEBALL STORIES

KIRKUS REVIEW

Howard Liss takes a long windup, is wild in his delivery and relies often on nickel curves -- the ""flakey"" escapade (Gabby Street caught a baseball thrown from the top of the Washington Monument) and the heart-render (Babe Ruth's last homerun or the many injuries which cut short Pistol Pete Reiser's promising career). His bread and butter pitch, however, is the non-statistic (""If Fred Merkle had not failed to touch second base eight years earlier, Christy Mathewson would have been credited with one more victory, giving him a total of 374, and he would have been the winningest pitcher in National League history""). This sort of speculation has a proven appeal, and, since Liss digs into some of the more esoteric implications of those record book asterisks, baseball fans will put up with all the rest to pick up a few sturdy argument stoppers.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1972
Publisher: Random House