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Nobody's Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History

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The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. No hits, no walks, no men reaching base. Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. In nearly four hundred thousand contests in more than 130 years of Major League Baseball, it has only happened twenty times. On June 2, 2010, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga threw baseball’s twenty-first perfect game. Except ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Grove Press (first published June 2nd 2011)
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A story of the triumph of human dignity. If you're reading this review you probably know the context of the blown call. Galarraga did not erupt in anger and Joyce graciously admitted his mistake. So how do you translate that to a book-length narrative? You get the backstory of the two men, the separate paths of their professional lives in baseball that converged in that one historic moment.

Sports books by those active in the game-- players, coaches, or officials-- are, of course, almost always w
wow really good book! i really like how the two have alternative chapters through out the book. the thing i like the most is how Galaragga teaches others how to react when something goes wrong. we might get mad but it doesn't matter what you feel like in the inside than it's how you look on the outside. he smiles because he can't be mad because he's having to much fun and nothing will bring him down. this book is about one of the most talked games in history of baseball and wriiten to full deati ...more
A great book to read if you're a fan of the Tigers or a fan of baseball in general. Interesting to hear the stories of two very different people coming up through the system and coming together on the field for such an historic game.
James Marienthal
For anyone who saw the call or has heard about the call this is a book worth reading. It goes back and forth between the two men and what they were thinking before and after the call.Both men come off as very humble and respectful of one another. I think in not throwing the perfect game Galarraga could be more famous now. As for Joyce it is hard for him because he is one of the most respected umps in the game and now he has to deal with this. However, he handled it with class admitting his mista ...more
Nobody's Perfect is the non-fictional account of major league pitcher Armando Galarraga's perfect game....only it was never officially recorded as a perfect game, because umpire Jim Joyce botched what should have been the last call of the game and called a runner safe who was clearly out.

I am a baseball fan, and as such, I enjoyed this book. I think even those readers who are not baseball fans would enjoy this book for its human interest elements. Galarraga handles his disappointment with a grea
Dorinda Abner
What a great book. It is not only a great baseball book, but also a great lesson in life. Both of these men handled themselves in such a classy way, under difficult circumstances. I am especially impressed with Armando Gallarraga, if only everyone could conduct their lives the way he has conducted his. He is a real role model for kids, when most athletes are not. Jim Joyce also has my admiration for the way he took responsibility for his actions. When the incident happened, I was mad at him and ...more
Great book....better than what I expected. I know that is beyond my first impression but glad I mulled it over before writing the review as it made think more about how the two men are really similar.

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Joe Caplinger
Good read for any baseball fan but even if you are not a baseball fan this is a great story of how to react in difficult situations. Galarraga made the best of a bad call and did not care his spot in history was taken away from a bad call. The umpire suffered great regret about taking away a spot in history but immediately owned up to his mistake and continued on with his job and trying to do the best he could to own up to his mistake. In a situation where so many would not own up to their mista ...more
Overall, I was highly disappointed. Most of the book has nothing to do with the game or the call but with A.G's growth and baseball career from being a teenager. If you want to learn how Venezuelans become Baseball players in America, this book gives you some idea of that.

The Switching between characters was a nice touch but I appreciated the Jim Joyce articles much more simply because they were not written in God Awful English. This book was an obvious marketing ploy just looking for money and
Danny Knobler
A look back at one of the most interesting games in baseball history, through the eyes and life experiences of the two main characters.
it was a very powerful sports book but I would not read it any time soon. it is one of those books you read every few years.
The Chuck
This may be the finest sports book ever written.

It helps that its plot was already an astonishing tale of hard work and success, crushing and humiliating failure, and forgiveness and redemption of the highest order, but it's well told and the "author" captured the voices of the involved parties pretty admirably.

As a Tigers fan, it's a must read. As a baseball fan, it's worth your time. As a human being, it's a pretty good tale.
Lee Ann
library book.

The story of the "almost perfect" game and the class or two individuals who were most impacted by the events of the evening. Using two voices, Daniel Paisner retells the lives, events and stories that make the headlines of one bad call. Well written and concise to the events of the play and the personalities of the individuals involved.

A quick read, but worth the time.
I should start with, I love baseball. So a book about baseball... I'm not a tough critic. This one was in part a look at the big game, but also a bit of a biography of both Joyce and Galarraga which was nice. Not a must-read, but a good one to read a quick chapter here and there. I especially appreciated the ghost writer kept the voice of Galarraga authentic and didn't smooth it out too much!
Yes. yes. I read a book about baseball. I'm not really a baseball fan, but I saw it at the library and remember my Dad telling me about this incident in baseball history. I didn't like that the book kind of jumped around. But I DID really like the story of human imperfection, goodness, and forgiveness.
Cunni Moeller
I just finished this book. What a great example of forgiveness, humility, grace and mercy. Every athlete should read this book. I am honored to say I was able to spend some time with Armando in 2005 where I was able to share the good news of Jesus Christ with him during Spring Training camp in Florida.
I liked getting to know Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, the two men of the title, and I definitely was interested in what actually happened that day. It just wasn't well written; I also felt it was a little long for the topic.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book.
Everyone knows the story of "The Game" but to read the stories of the two main men involved was very worthwhile and adds to the greatness of the game.

This is a perfect book on sportsmanship and humility. This isn't a heavy read, but a fun quick one.
The short chapters in this book made it easy for me to read in pieces (which is good with an infant in the house!). I really enjoyed reading both stories and from the writing it does seem like they each wrote their chapters.
Riley Cooper

Getting a whole book out of this event sounded like a stretch to me, but I have to say that they pulled it off quite well. It is a good lesson in being classy.
Matt Laduke
A good luck at an event that I remember following. It was interesting to learn the life story of two men who crossed paths that interesting night.
Cole Curtiss
As a tigers fan, this really helped me relive the amazing night. Hats off to galarraga for his composure. I pray the game will not be forgotten...
The life of both the principals in this story, as told in their own (barely edited) words.
Zach Peterson
great book so far, jim joyce feels very sorry for armando galarraga
"Nick and Norah's..." for baseball fans.
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