David Rubin "Baseball Book NUT!!" (Los Angeles, CA)
"Groucho Marx once said "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." However,
if he was a pitcher, this is the ONE club he'd kill to get into- the 300 Win Club, the most rarefied club in
baseball, a sport that is analyzed & re-analyzed by statisticians & non-stat-heads alike!!! But nearly
everyone would agree that gaining membership into a club that numbers only 24, out of the tens of
thousands of players who have ever pulled up a stirrup, is a remarkable accomplishment, indeed.
So why, you might ask, has no one thought to write extensively about this exclusive society, one that
counts Cy Young, Warren Spahn, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Nolan
Ryan, Greg Maddux & Roger Clemens, but one in whose doors are closed to the likes of Bob Gibson, Don
Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford, Fergie Jenkins, Robin Roberts & Juan Marichal?? Well, thankfully,
baseball expert/author Dan Schlossberg has rectified that oversight, with his fantastic new book, "The 300
Covering every member of the club, from Pud Galvin to Early Wynn, Schlossberg is able to capture the
lives of these incredible pitchers in a mere 12-20 pages each, where other authors have crafted far longer
and less interesting bios over entire books. This captivating book explains why each pitcher achieved
their entry, lists their stats and, most interestingly, includes the box score of each of their 300th win.
Perhaps most impressive, Schlossberg interviewed each of the 10 living members, including some
difficult subjects (my words, not the author's) such as Carlton & Seaver. It's like a modern version of "The
Glory of Their Times" for the top pitchers of all-time!!
What makes this book so striking isn't just the excellent profiles of the pitchers who did make it into the
club, but the thought that so many incredible pitchers from the past, as well as the present, will fall short-
sometimes far short- of entry into this club for, perhaps, many years to come (unless Jamie Moyer
pitches for another 5 years-LOL!!). Unlike the 500 home run club, those who have gained admittance into
this club won't see the bar set higher, to, say, 400 wins, as many have speculated that 500 homers isn't
enough to warrant entry into the Hall of Fame on the heals of so many PED-cheaters achieving that once
rarefied air, in favor of, say, 600 homers as the new benchmark. In order to gain admittance into this club,
one would have to win a minimum of 15 games per year, for 20 years, which means a combination of great
health, incredible fortitude, and amazing consistency, something that most pitchers today will not achieve
in a game run by pitch-counts, guaranteed contracts, expansion, smaller ballparks and stronger bats!!
In a nutshell, this is one book that will never go "out of style" - and will make a great gift for Father's
Day, baseball fanatics and casual fans alike!!"
Larry Underwood "Author - St Louis Cardinals IQ - The Ultimate Test of True Fandom" (Scottsdale, AZ)
"On June 13, 2003, I was fortunate enough to have the worst seat in the house (dead centerfield
bleachers - Row UU) at Yankee Stadium, on a rainy night, when Roger Clemens dominated the St Louis
Cardinals to notch his 300th career win. Just for kicks, he also fanned Edgar Renteria in that game to
record career strikeout number 4000; quite a "daily double", to say the least.
The remarkable story of Roger Clemens is only one of twenty-four compelling tales that Dan
Schlossberg has compiled in this wonderful book, which asks the rhetorical question, "Have we seen the
last of baseball's 300-game winners?" Based on the way the game has changed (pitch counts, five man
rotations, and the like), it seems as though the answer is, "Yes, we've seen the last of them; at least in
most of our lifetimes." No active pitcher under the age of 47 is even close to 300; it appears "200 is the
new 300". Winning 15 games in a single season is the "new 20"; and so it goes.
What Schlossberg has assembled is a fascinating historical perspective of those inhabiting the "300
Club", including in-depth interviews with every one of the game's living members - a remarkable feat on
its own. What true fan of the game wouldn't be captivated by the thoughts of the legendarily tight-lipped
Steve Carlton, over twenty years since he last pitched in the major leagues? Just to sweeten the pot, we
also get a glimpse of some of the great ones who fell short of 300; including guys like Bob Gibson who
seemed destined to reach this milestone, but lost out due to a bum knee. Staying healthy for so long,
isn't as easy as it sounds; that's for sure.
This book is filled with enough historical significance and entertaining folklore to make it a "must have"
for anyone who loves the game of baseball, in all its glorious perfection; or imperfection. It seems those
who reached this lofty goal shared a desire to take the ball as often as possible; pitching on successive
days was no big deal to them. As the great Walter Johnson once said, "A pitcher is supposed to pitch,
It's not quite so simple these days, Walter. Therein lies the challenge of anyone ever joining this
exclusive club, anytime soon."
notatechfan (North Carolina)
"I bought this book for my husband who is a huge die hard sports fan and he is enjoying reading it. If
you are a baseball fan or know a baseball fan, it is a worthwhile purchase and would make a nice gift for
someone who likes to read about sports."
"Let me begin by saying I know nothing about baseball, but love the feel of a game - the hotdogs, the
music, the banter... I met the author, a really lovely man and bought one copy for me and one for a
friend - and love the book, and yes, along the way I am learning a lot about baseball."
"Dan highlights just how difficult it will be for future pitchers to reach the mark, while profiling the
greatest the game has ever seen."
Christopher Lewis - "Dad of Divas" Blog Writer
"This is a great book that truly makes you think about baseball. He brings out some good questions
about whether we will ever see another 300 game pitcher. This is a great question, and the way that the
author brings out the question through some great introspection into 24 amazing pitchers. This book
was a great book that went so deep into their careers. The book does more though than just looking
into these pitchers' careers, but instead makes the reader consider so much more. I found out so much
more about the game than I knew in the past, and he brought up a ton of great points that any baseball
lover should read! What do you think, will we ever see another 300 game pitcher?"
The 300 Club: Have We Seen the Last of Baseball's 300-Game Winners? Dan Schlossberg, Foreword by
Wayne Hagin (Published 2010-Ascend Books).
The book’s foreword is written by Wayne Hagin, who is in his 27th year behind a big-league
microphone, having worked for the A’s, Giants, White Sox, Rockies, and Cardinals before joining the
New York Mets radio team in 2008.
Since the beginning of Major League Baseball in 1876, only two dozen pitchers have won 300 games.
Beginning with Cy Young and Walter Johnson, the only two players to win more than 400 games, this
book reviews the careers of all 24 pitchers in the club. Exclusive interviews with 10 living 300-game
winners, including Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Greg Maddux, form the heart of the book.
Johnson was the last pitcher to join the club, winning his 300th during the 2009 baseball season.
The 300 Club is about “the last of a breed,” but the book is the first of its kind – a fast-paced and
thorough exploration of the best pitchers the game has ever seen.
"THE 300 CLUB" BOOK REVIEWS:
"THE 300-CLUB" MEDIA:
|Dan Schlossberg Interview
with Fox Sports Radio