Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson offer a candid and unfiltered look at America's pastime, discussing the art of pitching, the art of hitting, and all things baseball.
Full of brush-backs, walk-off homeruns, high stakes, cold stares, epic battles, and a little chin music here and there, Sixty Feet, Six Inches is a baseball fan’s dream come true, a go to guide for how the game should be played. There is no part of the sport that these two titans do not discuss at length: big picture issues like how steroids have affected the game and handling the pressure of stardom, right next to exact descriptions of the mechanics of pitching and hitting. Filled with one-of-a-kind insider stories that recall a who's who of baseball nobility, including Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron, Albert Pujols, Billy Martin, and Joe Torre, it is an unforgettable baseball history by two of the game’s greatest superstars.
About the Author
Lonnie Wheeler's numerous books include collaborations on the autobiographies of Hank Aaron ("I Had a Hammer"), Bob Gibson ("Stranger to the Game"), Mike Piazza (Long Shot"), a baseball dialogue between Gibson and Reggie Jackson ("Sixty Feet, Six Inches"), and reflections on a summer at Wrigley Field (Bleachers"). He lives in New Richmond, Ohio.
“A ringing defense of the traditional view of baseball, the one that knows clutch when it sees it.”—The New York Times
"[A] sparkling conversation."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Even a heady baseball fan will learn something from Sixty Feet, Six Inches.”—Bill Gallo, New York Daily News
“Gibby and Reggie finally share their perspectives as two of the fiercest competitors who ever played the game. Trust me…It’s a great read.”-- Joe Torre
"A unique look inside the game for any fan and a gold mine of information for a young player. In fact, it ought to be required reading for any aspiring player."--Baseball America
"If you want to understand baseball’s game inside the game between the pitcher and the hitter, this is it. Two of the greats have written a classic." --Willie Mays
“Fans will come away from this discussion between greats with even greater understanding and appreciation for the game.”—Publishers Weekly
“Two giants of baseball discussing the game they love. This is a fun book!”--Joe Morgan
“Love it. Two of the most dominating personalities in the game, one from each side of the plate. . . . This is a fun read. I recommend this book to all.” --Johnny Bench