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224 pages, 33 photos
6" x 9"

Price: $17.95

ISBN Number:  978–1–933822–25-9

Drinking Coffee with a Fork

The Story of Steve Carlton and the ’72 Phillies

Steve Bucci & Dave Brown

"What Steve Carlton did for the Phillies in 1972 was more than just pitch. This was a magic act, a miracle, a man doing the impossible. Would Sandy Koufax have won 27 games for that team? Would Pedro Martinez? Would Greg Maddux? We have Steve Bucci, Dave Brown, and this terrific book to thank for answering those very questions—and especially this one: Was this the greatest pitching season of all time?”
Jayson Stark, Senior Baseball Writer ESPN.com

Drinking Coffee with a Fork chronicles Carlton‘s extraordinary and improbable ’72 season. Drawing on interviews with Carlton’s teammates, coaches, opponents, and the writers who covered the team, as well as newspaper accounts and box scores of the games, Bucci and Brown recreate the phenomenal performance by the man called “Lefty”—his early season duels with superstar pitchers Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal, his brilliant shutout against the Expos in a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl triggered by a retaliatory beanball thrown by Carlton, and a remarkable and exhilarating 15-game winning streak, achieved while the Phils rarely won on days that he didn’t pitch.   
Throughout the book, the authors intersperse memorable conversations and anecdotes
involving Carlton—from the dugout, the locker room, and the team hotel—which illuminate Lefty’s eccentricities, including his intense pregame preparation, his uncanny focus and concentration on the mound, and the sage and sometimes offbeat advice that he imparted to his fellow Phillies.
After recounting Carlton’s amazing season, Bucci and Brown rely on statistical analysis and
opinions solicited from some of the country’s foremost baseball experts—including Bob Costas, Jayson Stark, and Tom Verducci—to dissect this thought-provoking question: Is Carlton’s 1972 season the greatest ever for a pitcher?

About the Author

STEVE BUCCI is an Emmy Award-winning Philadelphia sportscaster who has covered the Phillies since 1997.  The author of Steve Bucci’s Total Phillies Trivia and the Phillies Trivia iPhone app, he lives in  Philadelphia.

DAVE Brown is the author of three previous books, including Philly Jocks: The Best Philadelphia Pro Athletes of Our Time. He lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.