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Mr. Holland's Opus

A few summers ago, when I was in Texas researching High Heat, I spoke with Derek Holland about what it was like to have Nolan Ryan as the president of the ballclub he pitched for. What kind of influence did Ryan have, if any?

"We talk a fair amount," said Holland, who was struggling  Read More 
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High Heat -- The Editing

Editing continues on High Heat (Da Capo Press). Pub date has been moved up to March 9, 2010, and the full title is now "High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for  Read More 
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High Heat -- Update

The final draft of HIGH HEAT: THE SEARCH FOR THE FASTEST PITCHER OF ALL TIME went off to the publisher (Da Capo Press) yesterday.
Part of the fun of the project was catching up what became my panel of experts (Norm Sherry, Hank Thomas, Jeff Torborg, Tommy John, etc.) and asking them who were  Read More 
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High Heat update

I've finished with the working draft for High Heat: The Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time. The publisher is Da Capo Press. Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller, Steve Dalkowski, Satchel Paige, Walter Johnson and Sandy Koufax are in the elite group, with such contemporary stars as Joel Zumaya, Billy Wagner (before his Tommy John surgery) and Tim Lincecum also in contention.
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