Cy Young Award winners spanning fifty years of baseball history reflect on their iconic seasons, keys to success, and most memorable moments.
In Pinnacle on the Mound: Cy Young Award Winners Talk Baseball, ten pitchers who were recognized as the best in the game share fascinating stories from their years in the majors. Featuring pitchers such as Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and five-time Gold Glove Award winner Ron Guidry, this book offers captivating insight into the players’ different approaches to the game, how they honed their skills, and what was happening behind the scenes in their award-winning seasons.
From fastballs to sinkers, curveballs to knuckleballs, this diverse group of pitchers found success in many different ways, whether it was mastering a new pitch or taking on the role of a closer. Including All-Stars Jim Lonborg, Mike McCormick, Randy Jones, Ron Guidry, LaMarr Hoyt, Dennis Eckersley, Jack McDowell, Barry Zito, R.A. Dickey, and Corey Kluber, Pinnacle on the Mound makes fifty years of baseball history come alive.
Doug Wedge is a writer and attorney. He is the author of two baseball history books, The Cy Young Catcher with Charlie O’Brien and Baseball in Alabama: Tales of Hardball in the Heart of Dixie. He lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.
1: Impossible Realized: Jim Lonborg
2: Turning It Over – A New Pitch, New Success: Mike McCormick
3: A Different Approach: Randy Jones
4: A Season for the Ages: Ron Guidry
5: The Student of Pitching: LaMarr Hoyt
6: Settled In: Dennis Eckersley
7: Labels Don’t Apply: Jack McDowell
8: Finding 75: Barry Zito
9: Climb the Mountain: R.A. Dickey
10:Pitching Aggressively: Corey Kluber
About the Author
Wedge, the author of two previous baseball history books, interviewed ten pitchers who had won the Cy Young Award, an annual award to Major League Baseball's best pitchers in both the National League and the American League, spanning 50 years: Jim Lonborg, Mike McCormick, Randy Jones, Ron Guidry, LaMarr Hoyt, Dennis Eckersley, Jack McDowell, Barry Zito, R. A. Dickey, and Corey Kubler. All pitchers interviewed are retired, with the exception of two-time American League winner Kubler. Common threads include that pitchers' successes result from years of work perfecting their craft, and that mentorship by coaches, managers, and fellow pitchers plays an important role. Interviews also touched on the close collaboration and teamwork between pitcher and catcher, the revelation of a particularly effective pitch and/or approach to pitching the subject developed and perfected, the superior defense on the field during a given year, and team chemistry, which may not necessarily be duplicated from year to year. The author complements the interviews with discussion of the finer points of technique in pitching. Readers will conclude that there is no sure-fire path to success in pitching. The book will be a welcome addition to all collections. Recommended. All readers.
In Doug Wedge’s Pinnacle on the Mound, we get a closer look at some of the men who won baseball’s preeminent pitching award. There are conversations with 10 Cy Young winners whose historic seasons span over half-a-century, devoted to shining a light on the particularities that allowed these hurlers to be, for one season at least, the very best in the game.... Pinnacle on the Mound is a quick, breezy read—the kind of book that can and will be eagerly consumed by fans of baseball history. Wedge has done good work in putting together a varied collection of arms, featuring those who would go on to immortality, those who would go on to crash and burn, and those who would … go on. Informative, entertaining and fun — this is a book that will have you yearning for the pop of the mitt and the crack of the bat. It’s a book by a baseball lover for baseball lovers—and Doug Wedge has his fastball working.
At a time when our beloved baseball is bejibbered by wearying sabermetrics, garish infield shifts, noxious pitch counts, leveraging, players' household squabbles, and the mysterious inability to lay down a simple bunt, Mr. Wedge's extremely welcome book, zero-ing in on these Cy Young Award winners of the not-so-distant past, feels to be just what I'm hungriest for as a life-long baseball fan -- the real skinny, the low-down about the game itself.
Pinnacle on the Mound gives the reader a person-to-person account of what it takes to win baseball’s most coveted pitching honor — the Cy Young Award. Ten men, ten different stories, make this book a must-read for any fan who wants the inside scoop.
There are enough baseball books in the world to fill Yankee Stadium and probably Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, too. But you need to make room for one more, thanks to Doug Wedge, whose passion for the game, mercifully, has not been diminished by the current obsession with spin rates, launch angles, and all things analytic. In Pinnacle on the Mound, Wedge offers readers ten profiles of Cy Young winners, every one of them rich with insight, honesty, and pitching wisdom. If you love baseball and have ever wanted to crawl into the psyche of an elite pitcher, to understand their craft, their doubts, and their unending pursuit of outs, Pinnacle on the Mound is a must read.
I have believed and lived my life in serendipity. Doug Wedge’s book Pinnacle on the Mound is yet another example. I couldn't get past chapters one and two without a reread. Jim Lonborg and Mike McCormick. If Lonnie doesn't get hurt I don't get called up to the show. In my first game, on the very day I got called up, I am pitching with my Mike McCormick glove (not kidding). Written on the thumb and fingers is, “Be Smooth, Throw Strikes, Keep Ball Down, Don't Alibi, and Hustle!” All of these Cy Young winners had their mentors that subtly tweaked their deliveries to make all the difference. Mine was my dad, with my first major league glove! Amazing book, Doug.
I enjoyed reading Pinnacle on the Mound. You can tell that this book is a labor of love, and it reminds me of what makes baseball such a great game -- the competition, the preparation, and the execution of nine guys on the field, working together. Read these stories about R.A. Dickey, one of my favorites, and Jack McDowell, one of the most competitive guys I ever coached. This book does them and the game great justice.
Doug Wedge’s book about ten Cy Young Award winners is a most enjoyable read for all baseball fans. The chapter on R. A. Dickey was superb. R. A.’s story, from a struggling minor leaguer to a 20-game winner and a Cy Young, is one of the most heartwarming tales in the history of the game.
Wouldn’t you just like to talk to baseball players who made it to the top of their game? Here you can come close. Hearing from Cy Young Pitching Award winners from the last 50 years, you’ll enjoy funny, engaging, and serious ‘talking baseball’ stories. What’s more, you’ll discover what they learned about the game, and about themselves. Doug Wedge, attorney and author of two previous baseball books, one emphasizing Alabama hardballers, brings us an insightful study of what kind of player makes it to the “pinnacle” of his field,
Each pitcher participated in an in-depth, tailored interview with the author, centered around their Cy Young Award-winning season. The pitchers profiled are Jim Lonborg, Mike McCormick, Randy Jones, Ron Guidry, LaMarr Hoyt, Dennis Eckersley, Jack McDowell, Barry Zito, R.A. Dickey, and Corey Kluber.
3/13/22, Tulsa World: The book made the non-fiction Oklahoma bestsellers list.