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Smoky Joe Wood

Author : Gerald C. Wood
ISBN : 9780803244993
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Though his pitching career lasted only a few seasons, Howard Ellsworth “Smoky Joe” Wood was one of the most dominating figures in baseball history—a man many consider the best baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame. About his fastball, Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson once said: “Listen, mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood.” Smoky Joe Wood chronicles the singular life befitting such a baseball legend. Wood got his start impersonating a female on the National Bloomer Girls team. A natural athlete, he pitched for the Boston Red Sox at eighteen, won twenty-one games and threw a no-hitter at twenty-one, and had a 34-5 record plus three wins in the 1912 World Series, for a 1.91 ERA, when he was just twenty-two. Then in 1913 Wood suffered devastating injuries to his right hand and shoulder that forced him to pitch in pain for two more years. After sitting out the 1916 season, he came back as a converted outfielder and played another five years for the Cleveland Indians before retiring to coach the Yale University baseball team. Joe's final reward for courageously enduring the eccentricities of his father, his sister's polio, the 1926–27 baseball scandal, and the loss of his beloved wife and a son was an honorary doctorate in 1985 from Yale and its president, Bart Giamatti. With details culled from interviews and family archives, this biography, the first of this rugged player of the Deadball Era, brings to life one of the genuine characters of baseball history.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Baseball Same Game

Author : Stephen M. Lombardi
ISBN : 9780595354573
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Ever since there has been a professional game, baseball fans have enjoyed debating comparisons of one player to another-both contemporaries and players across various eras in the sport's history. The Baseball Same Game adds to those debates.However, rather than focus on the traditional "Who's better?" arguments (such as "Mantle or Mays?" or "Ruth or Aaron?") The Baseball Same Game takes on the particular cases of "Which players were the same?"Unique baseball metrics-apart from those common and conventional baseball statistics that one would typically see on the back of a player's bubble gum card-are used to analyze career performance. And, The Baseball Same Game gives consideration to relativity when comparing statistics of baseball players from different eras in the game.Which baseball all-time greats were the same in terms of their relative performance? Who are the recently retired players that match-up to the stars of baseball's past? What players not in the Baseball Hall of Fame measure up to those already in the Hall? The Baseball Same Game provides these answers and more.
Category: Sports & Recreation

They Tasted Glory

Author : Wil A. Linkugel
ISBN : 9780786404841
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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For one brief period in the early 1940s, Pete Reiser was the equal of any outfielder in baseball, even Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, but his penchant for running into outfield walls while playing defense prematurely ended his journey to Cooperstown. Pitcher Herb Score was a brilliant pitcher until a Gil McDougald line drive shelved his career. And Thurman Munson was one of the game's best catchers in the late 1970s until a tragic plane crash ended his life. These three players and fourteen others (Smoky Joe Wood, Vean Gregg, Kirby Puckett, Hal Trotsky, Tony Oliva, Paul Dean, Ewell Blackwell, David Ferris, Steve Busby, J.R. Richard, Tony Conigliaro, Johnny Beazley, Mark Fidrych, and Lyman Bostock) enjoyed brilliant careers--potentially worthy of the Hall of Fame--that were cut short by injury, illness or death. Some enjoyed several seasons of success only to see their playing days end just short of numbers worthy of Cooperstown; others enjoyed only a season or two of brilliance. The profiles concentrate on the players' accomplishments and speculate on how their careers might have developed if they had continued.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Pitched Battle

Author : John Klima
ISBN : 0786412038
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Pitching duels are the essence of baseball competition--they require great measures of patience and fundamentals, and take the best one pitcher has to offer and give him a loss he does not deserve. They do not happen often, but when two good pitchers alternately take the mound and remove the game from the batters hands, spectators are on the edges of their seats. Those rare games and pitchers get all the attention in this work, as the author provides commentary on the greatest pitching duels of all time. It covers 35 of them, beginning with that of May 5, 1904, between Rube Waddell and Cy Young and ending with the May 28, 2000, opposition of Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. Other highlighted games include those pitting Christy Matthewson against Chief Bender, Sherry Smith against Babe Ruth, Bill Wright against Satchel Paige, Warren Spahn against Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson against Don Drysdale, Steve Carlton against Phil Niekro, and Greg Maddux against Pedro Martinez, just to name a few.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Baseball Literature Culture

Author : Ronald E. Kates
ISBN : 9780786436804
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. Essays presented at the 2006 and 2007 conferences are published in this work. Topics covered include early baseball journalism; sportswriting as mythology; the Henry Wiggen baseball novels; fictionalized baseball broadcasts; racism, religious fundamentalism, patriotism and Marxism; Philip Roth's The Great American Novel; Zane Grey; masculinity in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out; Willie Mays; Northern Exposure; Salvadore Dali and surrealism; baseball's economic trendsetters; Pete Rose; baseball literature in the classroom; and Jim Bunning's perfect game, among others.
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Baseball S Comeback Players

Author : Rick Swaine
ISBN : 9781476614359
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This book profiles forty major league ballplayers who engineered remarkable comebacks to salvage fading careers. Details of each comeback is provided along with a summary of the player’s career. The comeback players range from Hall of Famers like Ted Williams and Stan Musial; to near-greats like Tommy John and Luis Tiant; to journeyman performers like George McQuinn and Tony Cuccinello. In the absence of statistical standards to evaluate or even define comebacks, the selection of the top comeback players was based on the following criteria: historical significance, uniqueness, dramatic content, degree of difficulty, and the player’s overall reputation and standing.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Baseball In New Haven

Author : Sam Rubin
ISBN : 0738511781
Genre : History
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Baseball in New Haven uncovers the rich history of the national pastime in the greater New Haven area with images that highlight the sport on many levels. Numerous professional, semiprofessional, and college teams have played here, starting with Yale teams of the Civil War era and early attempts to form an "Elm City nine." In the early 1900s, George Weiss, later the general manager of the New York Yankees, helped establish New Haven as a baseball town by drawing stars such as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb for exhibition games. The semiprofessional West Haven Sailors kept that tradition alive in the 1930s and 1940s. That same era was a heyday for Yale, as Yale Field saw legends such as Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams take on the Elis. Ruth returned in 1948 to present a copy of his biography to the Bulldog captain, future president George H.W. Bush. Baseball in New Haven details the return of professional baseball in 1972 with the Eastern League's West Haven Yankees and finishes with the New Haven Ravens, an Eastern League expansion team in 1994.
Category: History

Pike County

Author : Lori Strelecki
ISBN : 9781439637562
Genre : Photography
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Formed in 1814, Pike County was originally comprised of the townships of Middle Smithfield, Delaware, Upper Smithfield, Lackawaxen, and Palmyra. As years passed, other townships were added and some of the names changed, and today Pike County consists of 13 townships and boroughs. Even before Pike County was formed, the stories of the people, land, and events wove an intricate tale. The early daredevils who rafted lumber to Trenton and Philadelphia, using the Delaware River as their byway, were a rough?and?tumble bunch. As time went on, these mavericks gave way to new ones and the stories of entrepreneurs, trendsetters, great men and women, and fascinating events were etched into the county’s history. Using vintage photographs from the Pike County Historical Society’s archives, Pike County chronicles the people and stories that make this area unique.
Category: Photography

The Early Polo Grounds

Author : Chris Epting
ISBN : 9781439621639
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Polo Grounds is one of baseball’s most sacred ballparks. Built below Coogan’s Bluff in 1891, the bathtub-shaped stadium played host to iconic baseball moments, including Willie Mays’s famous catch in the 1954 World Series and Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard ’round the world.” The era before those moments holds a history all its own, when the New York Giants, Yankees, and the football Giants shared the park. The dawn of the 20th century through the 1920s is a rarely seen chapter in Polo Grounds history, and it is presented here for the first time in all of its photographic glory.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Red Sox Encyclopedia

Author : Robert Redmount
ISBN : 1582610126
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Red Sox story, notwithstanding the mythic " Curse of the Bambino" is a matter of pride and achievement, and of pleasure and excitement. The Red Sox Encyclopedia is the ultimate Red Sox reference book including eight eras from 1901-1997, moments of glory, greatest moments in Red Sox history, the greatest Red Sox players, Red Sox managers, as well as detailed statistical coverage. Young, Speaker, Williams, Yastrzemski, Evans and many more are included in this magnificent volume.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Tales From The Deadball Era

Author : Mark S. Halfon
ISBN : 9781612346496
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Deadball Era (1901û1920) is a baseball fanÆs dream. Hope and despair, innocence and cynicism, and levity and hostility blended then to create an air of excitement, anticipation, and concern for all who entered the confines of a major league ballpark. Cheating for the sake of victory earned respect, corrupt ballplayers fixed games with impunity, and violence plagued the sport. Spectators stormed the field to attack players and umpires, ballplayers charged the stands to pummel hecklers, and physical battles between opposing clubs occurred regularly in a phenomenon known as ôrowdyism.ö At the same time, endearing practices infused baseball with lightheartedness, kindness, and laughter. Fans ran onto the field with baskets of flowers, loving cups, diamond jewelry, gold watches, and cash for their favorite players in the middle of games. Ballplayers volunteered for ôbenefit contestsö to aid fellow big leaguers and the country in times of need. ôJoke gamesö reduced sport to pure theater as outfielders intentionally dropped fly balls, infielders happily booted easy grounders, hurlers tossed soft pitches over the middle of the plate, and umpires ignored the rules. Winning meant nothing, amusement meant everything, and league officials looked the other way. Mark Halfon looks at life in the major leagues in the early 1900s, the careers of John McGraw, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson, and the events that brought about the end of the Deadball Era. He highlights the strategies, underhanded tactics, and bitter battles that defined this storied time in baseball history, while providing detailed insights into the players and teams involved in bringing to a conclusion this remarkable period in baseball history.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Harry Hooper

Author : Paul J. Zingg
ISBN : 0252071700
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Through the figure of Harry Hooper (1887-1974), star of four World Series championship teams and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Paul Zingg describes baseball's transformation from an often rowdy spectacle to a respectable career choice and entertainment institution. Zingg chronicles Hooper's rise from a sharecropper background in California to college and then to the pinnacle of his sport. Boston's lead-off hitter and right fielder from 1909 to 1920, Hooper later played for the Chicago White Sox, managed in the Pacific Coast League, and coached Princeton's team. When he retired in 1925, he held every major fielding record for an American League right fielder. Hooper's diaries, memoirs, and six decades of letters offer a rich and colorful commentary on the evolution of the game, as well as insight into the tensions between a player's public and private lives.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Ghosts Of Baseball S Past

Author : Brett Kiser
ISBN : 9780595861699
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Baseball has existed since the mid 1800's and has been the occupation for thousands of men through history. Defining the best amongst such a wide array of players always sparks a debate, as the Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown is seen as the debate settler, a place where only legends reside. However, the Hall-of-Fame has overlooked many of the game's star players, failing to immortalize them with their peers. Ghosts of Baseball's Past details the careers of ball diamond legends who have been past over by Hall-of-Fame voters. So take a look inside and decide for yourself whether players like Bert Blyleven, Ted Kluszewski, Riggs Stephenson and more deserve to dwell in Cooperstown. Read about Herb Score, Turkey Mike Donlin and Buddy Lewis, and help keep the names of these legends alive.
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The Baseball Bibliography

Author : Myron J. Smith
ISBN : 0786426373
Genre : Reference
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Baseball, more than any other sport, inspires widespread research and publication. The literature of baseball is vast and continues to grow at a fantastic pace. This second edition of Myron Smiths acclaimed Baseball Bibliography contains some 57,000 entries, bringing the 1986 book up to date with the tremendous body of baseball literature published in the last 20 years. The resulting two-volume set is the largest and most comprehensive non-electronic, non-database, print bibliography on any major American sport. Citations include books and monographs; scholarly papers; government documents; doctoral dissertations; masters theses; poetry and fiction; novels; pro team yearbooks; college and professional All-Star Game and World Series programs; commercially produced yearbooks; and periodical and journal articles, including the first-ever complete analysis of the major diamond-oriented contents of Baseball Magazine, Baseball Digest, Sport, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN: The Magazine, among others. Data include biographical references to 3,904 major league players, and an appendix offers a full list of the 1,712 journals, periodicals and magazines cited. The work is fully indexed by subject and name. The book is published as a set of four volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0-7864-2408-7 (for Volume 1), ISBN 0-7864-2409-5 (for Volume 2), ISBN 0-7864-2636-5 (for Volume 3) and ISBN 0-7864-2637-3 (for Volume 4).
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Baseball State By State

Author : Chris Jensen
ISBN : 9780786468959
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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"From Alabama to Wyoming, this book provides information every fan should know about the fifty U.S. states. Each chapter covers the baseball history of of a state, its must-see sites (including museums and ballparks), career leaders in nine statistical categories, nicknames, and a roster of the all-time best native-born major and Negro League players"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Red Sox Legends

Author : Jennifer Latchford
ISBN : 9781439634639
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Through a combination of player interviews and historical narrative, Red Sox Legends is a tribute to the great players of the past. This book, a partnership between the Boston Public Library and the Boston Red Sox, is part of an effort to bring Red Sox history to life. Large format prints of most of the images included here are hung inside Fenway Park. The images shown are a sampling of the over 750,000 photographs in the library’s collection and the tens of thousands of images in the Red Sox archives.
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The Red Sox Fan S Little Book Of Wisdom

Author : Curt Smith
ISBN : 9781461635871
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Red Sox Fan's Little Book of Wisdom uses fact, quote, lesson, and humor to celebrate one of baseball's more storied franchises. Updated edition!
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Hitler Burns Detroit

Author : Allan Dare Pearce
ISBN : 9781491716533
Genre : Fiction
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The Detroit Riot ... the Windsor Psych Ward ... When the chips are down in the motor cities, where does crazy go to hang its hat? Falling in love with a young black girl, Paris, marrying her, and raising two black children with her hardly prepares a white guy, Aiken Day, for life in the civil-rights era. Her passion for activism challenges his pursuit of the good life. When the city of Detroit erupts in flame, bursting into full riot mode, her life is threatened. Whiles struggling with memories of his time in concentration camp Stalag 8B, Aiken Day must patch together a collection of family, high school students, drug addicts, and black preachers to hunt for her while the motor cities are on fire.
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Baseball In Wichita

Author : Bob Rives
ISBN : 9781439642269
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The art of baseball is evident at Wichita State University's Eck Stadium. The bronze sculpture, "Put Me in Coach," overlooks the stadium entry. Behind it a 70-foot mural, the longest of its kind at any university ballpark, depicts WSU's storied baseball history. The art of baseball has also been evident on Wichita's playing fields for well over a century. During and after the Civil War, baseball quickly spread across the nation. When Wichita was incorporated in 1870, the town and the game were ready for each other, and Wichita had its first professional nine the following decade. Baseball in Wichita tells the story of local baseball at all levels-amateur, collegiate and pro-in words and images dating from the 19th century to the present day.
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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.
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