A Conversation with Peter Handrinos, Author of “The Funniest Baseball Book Ever”. October 18, 2012
When I spoke to Peter just over a year ago in August of 2011 one of the themes we touched upon was how baseball, unlike many other sports, has a mythic quality to it. Little did we know at the time that this season, the 2012 season, would be filled with so many examples of what makes this game so unique and so open to the possibility of myth.
There were seven no-hitters (one of which had six pitchers involved) of which three were Perfect Games. In the whole decades of the 1960s there were only three Perfect Games. Same is true in the decade of the ’80s. In the 1970s…ZERO!
We had our first Triple Crown (best batting average, most runs batted in and most home runs hit) in 45 years. This was a feat that many thought would never happen again yet Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, possibly the best hitter in the game today, managed to pull it off.
So many things happened this year…a mythic year of baseball.