SABR Digital Library: Great Hitting Pitchers

We are pleased to offer the next title in the SABR Digital Library:

Great Hitting Pitchers
Edited by L. Robert Davids, updated for 2012 by Mike Cook, aided by David Vincent
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-933599-31-1, $5.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-933599-30-4, $9.95
8.5″ x 11″, 102 pages

First published in 1979, Great Hitting Pitchers was one of SABR’s early publications. Including the contributions of several members of the Society and edited by SABR’s founder, Bob Davids, the book compiled together records and anecdotes about pitchers excelling in the batters box. Now updated for 2012, Great Hitting Pitchers has been updated so that all tables include 1979-2011 data, and previous stats have been corrected to reflect the most recent updates in the record books. Joining the original chapters on pitchers hitting grand slams, pitchers’ hitting performances in World Series play, and how the pitchers of no-hitters performed at bat in those games, an all-new chapter by Mike Cook explores the top hitting pitchers since 1979, including Mike Hampton, Micah Owings, and CC Sabathia.

Table of Contents:

  • Hitting by Pitchers Since 1900 
  • Top Game Batting Performances
  • Two or More Home Runs in a Game
  • Hurlers Hitting Grand Slams
  • Best Season Hitting Records
  • Career Batting Records
  • Pitchers as Pinch-Hitters
  • Basestealing by Pitchers 
  • Advent of the Designated Hitter Rule
  • Batting by Pitchers in the World Series
  • Batting by Pitchers in All-Star Games
  • No-Hit Hurlers at Bat
  • Pitcher-Batter Briefs
  • Great Hitting Pitchers, 1979-2011
  • Active Pitchers


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About the SABR Digital Library

For 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like CAN HE PLAY? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession, released in December 2011, which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like RUN, RABBIT, RUN: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville back again (released in February 2012). Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by “print on demand” (POD).

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we’ll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.

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Originally published: April 25, 2012. Last Updated: August 5, 2020.