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In Scoring Position
In Scoring Position

In Scoring Position

40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair
By Bob Ryan, By Bill Chuck

SPORTS & RECREATION

464 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (CA $38.00) (US $28.00)

ISBN 9781629379456

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2022)

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Overview

A love letter to the game of baseball from one of America's foremost scribes Bob Ryan has scored every baseball game he's attended, at every level, since the start of the 1977 season. It's a deeply personal tradition still going strong at more than 1,400 games and counting. The tattered scorebooks he's filled are worn from age, travel, and countless summer days, but their grids and scrawled symbols tell the stories of milestones, rivalries, rare historic achievements, and more.In Scoring Position captures the incomparable spirit of baseball, with its infinite possibilities and madcap anomalies. Ryan, alongside baseball historian and statistician Bill Chuck, has scoured his scorecard archives for the most singular events—a switch-hitter being hit by a pitch from both sides of the plate in the same game; a player batting for the cycle off four different pitchers; even back-to-back pinch-hit home runs with two outs in the 9th. Featuring some of the game's biggest names and wildest scenarios, this is a fascinating romp through baseball history, exuding a pure zeal for this sport that fans of all teams will recognize in themselves.Part of the collection at the library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, this volume also features reproductions of dozens of scorecards from Ryan's collection.

Author Biography

Bob Ryan was a sportswriter for The Boston Globe and a four-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Sportswriter of the Year Award. He retired in 2012 after 44 years on the job. In 2015, he received a PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He is the author of Scribe: My Life in Sports. Bill Chuck is a baseball writer and researcher. With Jim Kaplan, he is the author of Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs (Baseball's Grand and Not-So-Grand Finales).

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Past Events


Jun
23
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Wellesley, MA
7:00pm
Join author Bob Ryan for a signing of his new book, 'In Scoring Position,' at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3teBiR0
May
19
In Scoring Position ›
Plainville, MA
7:00pm
Join author Bob Ryan for a signing of his new book, 'In Scoring Position,' at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3Mqjuti
May
11
In Scoring Position ›
Hingham, MA
7:00pm
Join author Bob Ryan for a signing of his new book, 'In Scoring Position,' at Hingham Public Library in Hingham, MA.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3FnJfZ6<br />

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In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair

By Bob Ryan & Bill Chuck

 

Contact: Scott King, IPG, 312-568-5423, sking@ipgbook.com

 

In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair is a love letter to the game of baseball from one of America's foremost scribes. Bob Ryan has scored every baseball game he's attended, at every level, since the start of the 1977 season. It's a deeply personal tradition still going strong at more than 1,400 games and counting.

 

The tattered scorebooks he's filled are worn from age, travel, and countless summer days, but their grids and scrawled symbols tell the stories of milestones, rivalries, rare historic achievements, and more. In Scoring Position captures the incomparable spirit of baseball, with its infinite possibilities and madcap anomalies. Ryan, alongside baseball historian and statistician Bill Chuck, has scoured his scorecard archives for the most singular events including:

 

  • A switch-hitter being hit by a pitch from both sides of the plate in the same game
  • A player batting for the cycle off four different pitchers
  • Back-to-back pinch-hit home runs with two outs in the 9th
  • Carl Erskine setting a new Series record with 14 Ks in Game 3 of the 1953 World Series
  • Ken Boyer’s grand slam beating the Yankees, 4-3, in Game 4 of the 1964 World Series

 

Featuring some of the game's biggest names and wildest scenarios, In Scoring Position is a fascinating romp through baseball history, exuding a pure zeal for this sport that fans of all teams will recognize in themselves. This volume also features reproductions of dozens of scorecards from Ryan's collection.

 

About the Author:

Bob Ryan was a sportswriter for The Boston Globe and a four-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Sportswriter of the Year Award. He retired in 2012 after 44 years on the job. In 2015, he received a PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He is the author of Scribe: My Life in Sports


Bill Chuck is a baseball writer and researcher. With Jim Kaplan, he is the author of Walkoffs, Last Licks, and Final Outs (Baseball’s Grand and Not-So-Grand Finales).

 

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