Sridhar Pappu: "The Year of the Pitcher" (Washington, DC)

It's a title that's nearly as long as it took to play games back then, but The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age, about the 1968 season, will be the focus of a talk by its author, SABR member Sridhar Pappu — author of "The Male Animal" column in the New York Times — Saturday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW in Washington. Pappu will be "in conversation" with Michael Schaeffer, editor of The Washingtonian.

Gibson's 1.12 ERA and McLain's 31 wins have not been approached, much less equaled or bettered, in nearly the half-century since 1968. Pappu's book re-creates the 1968 World Series between the AL champion Detroit Tigers and NL champion (and defending World Series titlists) St. Louis Cardinals.

The book talk is free and no reservation is required, but seating is limited. Copies of "the Year of the Pitcher" are available for $28 at Politics and Prose. Those who wish to advance-order a signed copy can do so (while learning more about the program) at: