All Bat, No Glove: A History of the Designated Hitter

All Bat, No Glove: A History of the Designated Hitter

By: Richard McKelvey (author)Paperback

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The basic elements of baseball remain essentially the same as they were when the first professional game was played in the 1870s. Changes in this sport - when they come - come slowly. In 1973, one of baseball's most drastic changes was legislated: American League owners voted to add one player to the traditional nine-man line-up, creating a "10-man game" in which a designated hitter (or DH) had a regular spot in the batting order, and he or a replacement for him batted for his club's pitcher(s) throughout the game. This change to baseball rules was approved in the hopes that DH's would provide a spark for the AL's sagging offenses; an explosion in hits, homers and runs would draw more people to their ballparks and enable their clubs to surpass the National League in the annual attendance race. This work offers a fascinating exploration of the history and place of the designated hitter in the major leagues.

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Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780786419449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780786419449
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 078641944X

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