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Honus Wagner

Author : Honus Wagner
ISBN : 1587263084
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Much has been written about the career of Honus Wagner, but precious little is known about the man who was deeply private and protected his personal life. He was a sports hero, "The Flying Dutchman.” Honus entered professional baseball in 1897 and quickly became one of the greatest players of the day, batting for a .300 average or better in 17 consecutive seasons. From the coal mines of western Pennsylvania to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner's contributions to the game are as great as those of any player to have worn a professional uniform. According to Hall of Famer John McGraw, "It's too bad the present generation really has no adequate picture of Wagner, no complete impression of his greatness and genius." Until now that is! Written more than seventy-five years ago and never published in book form, Wagner's stories of the game are intriguing and entertaining—a unique baseball education for any true fan!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Honus Wagner

Author : Arthur D. Hittner
ISBN : 9781476603957
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Regarded by many of his contemporaries as the greatest baseball player of all time, John Peter “Honus” Wagner enjoyed a remarkable career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His record of 17 consecutive .300-plus seasons is a mark that will probably never be broken. He led the National League eight times in hitting, six times in slugging percentage and five times in stolen bases. Known as the Flying Dutchman, he also excelled in the field, defining the shortstop position for a generation. Though one of the original inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has often been overlooked by baseball fans and historians. A humble man whose biggest passions were hunting and fishing, the Pirate shortstop lacked the flamboyance of a Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth. He rarely smoked or drank, though sometimes he indulged in a sandlot game with the neighborhood kids. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts, family scrapbooks and correspondence, and Wagner’s own vestpocket notebooks, this is the story of baseball’s first superstar.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Honus Wagner

Author : Dennis DeValeria
ISBN : 9781466862883
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"We think we have made a deal which will materially help us out," Fred Clarke, manager of the National Louisville Colonels, prophetically told the local media in 1897. "After negotiating for some days we have succeeded in securing Hans Wagner...He is a big, heavy German, with very large hands, and is powerful as a bull. He kills the ball." A few years later, the widely read sportswriter Hugh Fullteron would refer to Wagner as "the nearest approach to a baseball machine ever constructed." Honus Wagner is generally acknowledged as the finest shortstop in baseball history. Along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson, he was one of the first five players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His rare 1909 baseball card--known to collectors as the Holy Grail of American memorabilia--fetched nearly half a million dollars at auction in 1991. His rise paralleled the development of baseball as the national pastime, and his playing skills remain legendary. He was, possibly, the first superstar of American sports. And yet, amazingly, a full-length biography of Honus Wagner had never before appeared. Here, Dennis and Jeanne DeValeria tell the sports hero's whole story. The son of German immigrants, Wagner (1874-1955) grew up in Andrew Carnegie's Pittsburgh, working in coal mines at age twelve. At age thirteen he worked in a steel mill; at twenty-one he was a professional baseball player. Despite his hardscrabble background, he came to be respected by those in the highest reaches of American society: when he became an icon, he would know President Howard Taft and industrialist Henry Ford. And with prestige came wealth: one of the highest-paid players in the game, he was among the first in his hometown to own an automobile. At a time when baseball was a raw, aggressive game played by rugged men, the unflappable Wagner's humble ways enhanced his miraculous performance throughout his twenty-one-year career, including three seasons with the Louisville Colonels and eighteen with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner's gradual emergence from the pack into stardom and popularity is described here in rich detail. But the book also reveals much of Wagner's family and personal life--his minor league career, his values, his failed business ventures during the Depression, his later years--about which, until now, there had been no well known narrative. Neither the "rowdy-ball" ruffian nor the teetotal saint constructed of legend, Wagner is presented here in a complete portrait--one that offers a vivid impression of the era when baseball was America's game and the nation was evolving into the world's industrial leader.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Honus Wagner

Author : Jack Kavanagh
ISBN : 0791011933
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop who was one of the greatest hitters and fielders in baseball history.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

All Star

Author : Jane Yolen
ISBN : 0399246614
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discusses the life and career of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend who was one of the greatest hitters and fielders in baseball history.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Story Hour

Author : Jeri Kladder
ISBN : 0786417056
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Story time at the public library is the first exposure to books outside the home for many preschool children. For the librarian, it is an exciting opportunity to instill in youngsters a love of reading and books. But coming up with new ideas that hold the children’s attention can be trying. Until now. Here are 55 tried-and-true story hour programs with a thematic approach. All are highly flexible and adaptable across the full preschool age range. Most of the ideas are arranged under one of eight specific themes that include four to eight one-hour programs: barnyard animals, the Caldecott Medal, colors, families, a storytelling feast, the five senses, reptiles and amphibians, and around the world. There are also 18 individual holiday and seasonal programs. All story hours provide ideas for name tags, suggested audiovisual materials, recommended story, poetry and song selections, additional titles and a full description of the activity.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Baseball Ratings

Author : Charles F. Faber
ISBN : 9780786434145
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In this third edition of Baseball Ratings, author Charles Faber combines the second edition ("great fodder for arguments"--Booklist) with his book on 19th-century greats, Baseball Pioneers ("very impressive"--Reference and User Services Quarterly; "a notable and worthwhile addition"--ARBA), updating the ratings and expanding the commentary in each. The result, Baseball Ratings: The All-Time Best Players at Each Position, 1876 to the Present, is that rarest of rankings books--a time-tested, comprehensive reference work that invites reading. Batters, fielders and pitchers from all major leagues since 1876 are ranked by position and, for pitchers, according to role (e.g., starter, middle reliever, closer) according to career, peak, and per-season achievement. All big league players with at least five years of eligibility are rated, and appendices identify underrated and overrated players, rate multiposition players, and sort the great by handedness.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : William Hageman
ISBN : 1571670424
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Chronicles the life and baseball career of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend who was the biggest baseball star of his day
Category: Sports & Recreation

Touching All The Bases

Author : Thomas D. Phillips
ISBN : 9780810885530
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Past to present, this book covers baseball in its entirety, from its defining moments on the field to the outside-the-ballpark influences that have shaped the game over the years. Unique chapters—such as the impact of World War II, labor disputes, the legacy of Jackie Robinson, and the doping dilemma—complement accounts of milestone events, individual and team achievements, and the most famous games, plays, and players of the sport. Appendixes provide lists of World Series, batting and homerun champions, perfect games, award winners, and more. A comprehensive collection of baseball’s history, evolution, and memorable moments, Touching All the Bases will entertain, inform, and educate all those interested in baseball, whether a casual fan or a dedicated enthusiast.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Cambridge Companion To Baseball

Author : Leonard Cassuto
ISBN : 9780521761826
Genre : History
File Size : 74.34 MB
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From Babe Ruth to the Black Sox scandal, this Companion examines baseball's history, global identity, current challenges and memorable personalities.
Category: History