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The Diamond Game


Softball and hardball writers "pitch" the beauty and magic of the game of baseball. Terry McDermott and Erica Westly will discuss their recent books with Ricardo Valerdi, a UA professor who studies the physics of baseball. Assistive listening devices available.


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Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has written extensively about terrorism, neuroscience and, when he feels like having a good time, baseball. In addition to "Off Speed," he is the author of "The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," "Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers - Who They Were and Why They Did It," "101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory....

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Erica Westly

Erica Westly is the author of "Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game" (Touchstone), which was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. She is a recipient of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan....

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Books:
Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Erica Westly
Sports
Touchstone Simon and Schuster
April 2017
ISBN 9781501118609
304 pages
$16.00, INSTOCK
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“A League of Their Own for the softball set” (Lily Koppel, bestselling author of The Astronaut Wives Club), Fastpitch is hidden history at its most intriguing—the tale of the forgotten beginnings of one of the most popular and widely played sports today. More/less

Off Speed
Terry McDermott
Sports
Pantheon Books
March 2018
ISBN 9780307741981
Paperback, 224 pages
$16.00, NYP
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Longlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports WritingThe lively and fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitchIn 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. More/less

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