Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m.
A baseball lover’s baseball lover, former LA Times national reporter and non-fiction author Terry McDermott is garnering warm praise for telling a story of America’s national pastime that is both personal and analytic, spitballing the latest data on pitching with his old school, lifelong love of the game. Hear the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch told with candor and resonance. Reading, talk, with signing to follow.
In August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls “one of the greatest exhibitions of off-speed pitches ever put on.” For McDermott, a lifelong fan and student of baseball, the extraordinary events of that afternoon inspired this incisive meditation on the art of pitching. Off Speed provides a vibrant narrative of the history and evolution of pitching, combining baseball’s rich tradition of folklore with the wealth of new metrics from a growing legion of statisticians who are transforming the way we think about the game. Off Speed is also the personal story of a fan’s steadfast devotion, first kindled in McDermott by his father at the local diamond in small-town Iowa and now carried forward with the same passion by his own daughters.Approaching his subject with the love every fan brings to the park and the expertise of a probing journalist, McDermott explores with irrepressible curiosity the science and the romance of baseball.
“A literate and knowing little gem.” —George Vecsey, author of Baseball
“Off Speed is a must-read for any fan of the magic that can be found at the intersection of New School data and Old School romance.”—Ian O’Connor, author of The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter
“Off Speed is baseball magic… I fell into a flow state that held to the last chapter.”—David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K
Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers–Who They Were, Why They Did It.