Can a Dead Man Strike Out?
Can a Dead Man Strike Out? Offbeat Baseball Questions and Their Improbable Answers
by Mark S. Halfon

ISBN: 9781891661495
$11.95 ©2005
168 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
8 Photos
Can a pitcher have more shutouts than wins?
Was there a game in which only one player reached base?
Can a player be traded for himself?
Did an American player win a National League batting title?
Can a runner be credited with a stolen base and get caught stealing on the same play?

Fascinating vignettes that provide the true accounts behind baseball's most unbelievable circumstances fill this engaging collection of questions and narratives from every period in the history of America's favorite pastime. Unlike standard trivia books, it is the stories behind the answers-and not the answers themselves-that provide the entertaining surprises.

For example, the answer to the question, "Who was the first outfielder to throw out three batters at home plate in one game?" tells the story of "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf mute who had a distinguished 14-year career, and whose disability may have led umpires to use hand and arm gestures when calling balls and strikes.

Baseball historians, statisticians, trivia buffs, die-hard fans, and anyone intrigued by the subtleties of the game will find hours of pleasure in this unique look at our national pastime.