With their 6-5 victory in Detroit on Saturday, the Orioles denied Justin Verlander the opportunity to become baseball’s first 25-game winner since Bob Welch went 27-6 for Oakland in 1990. Thanks to Bill Pemstein, I spent time this season reading about the Orioles’ only 25-game winner, Steve Stone.
Pemstein, a former Orioles employee turned Midwest sportswriter, chronicles Stone’s magical 1980 season in his self-published effort, “A Stone’s Throw.” The book provides abundant game details in telling the story of how Stone, a self-described “nine-year overnight success,” relied on visualization techniques and a heavy diet of curveballs to earn 25 wins, his lone All-Star game appearance and the Cy Young award.
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