Who is the winningest left-handed pitcher in philadelphia baseball history? who is the winningest left-handed pitcher in American League history? Who is third in wins all-time among left-handed starters? Who threw more shutouts than any left-handed pitcher in baseball history? Few know the answer is Edward Stewart Plank, also known as "Gettysburg" Eddie.
By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Gettysburg eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Plank's unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results.
Eddie plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack's early success from 1901 through 1914. Soon after, connie mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history. Said mack upon hearing of eddie's premature death in 1926, "I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.
". While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, "Steady-Eddie" provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went. Born in gettysburg, pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer.
Baseball Gods in Scandal: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and the Dutch Leonard Affair
Baseball gods in scandal is three stories in one, kenesaw mountain landis, and author ian kahanowitz tells them all with the art of a storyteller and the precision of an historian: --the pervasiveness of gambling and crooked dealings in the early days of baseball, all the way through to the Black Sox Scandal--The relationship between the affair s complex protagonists Cobb, Smoky Joe Wood, Ban Johnson, Tris Speaker, and Dutch Leonard with detailed profiles and ample color from baseball s rough-and-tumble Dead Ball Era--The epic battle for control of the game between the long-time Czar of Baseball, and the game s new sheriff in town, who cared not to share even a whiff of power with anyoneCapping off the book is a never-before-published interview with Smoky Joe Wood told to Lawrence Ritter for The Glory of Their Times in which Wood recounts a vastly different version of the affair from his original testimony.
Is it an ironic coincidence or natural development that perhaps the second greatest gambling scandal in baseball history occurred a mere six days before the start of the 1919 World Series? On September 25, a seemingly meaningless game was played between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, 1919, a game that should have faded to a tiny line item on MLB s historical ledger.
But hubert dutch leonard had other ideas, denials, setting off a chain of accusations, player transactions, resignations, and nearly seven years later he presented letters written by Ty Cobb and Smoky Joe Wood implicating them in the fixing of and wagering on that game, and a power struggle at the top of baseball s power hierarchy that would change the game forever.
It is safe to say that had wood testified to this version originally, the fates of Baseball Gods Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker may well have turned out very differently.
Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America
Alone they were a shortstop, a second baseman, and a first baseman. David rapp’s engaging history resets the story and brings these men to life again, enabling us to marvel anew at their feats on the diamond. But together they were an unstoppable force. It’s a rare look at one of baseball’s first dynasties in action.
With them emerged a truly national culture. The stories of these early baseball stars shed unexpected light not only on the evolution of baseball and on the enthusiasm of its players and fans all across America, but also on the broader convulsions transforming the US into a confident new industrial society.
At the same time, baseball was transforming from small-time diversion into a nationwide sensation. Their names were chanted, crowed, and cursed. This iconic trio helped baseball reinvent itself, but their legend has largely been relegated to myths and barroom trivia. The national pastime was coming of age. Tinker to evers to chance examines this pivotal moment in American history, when baseball became the game we know today.
Each man came from a different corner of the country and brought a distinctive local culture with him: Evers from the Irish-American hothouse of Troy, New York; Tinker from the urban parklands of Kansas City, Missouri; Chance from the verdant fields of California’s Central Valley. Americans from all walks of life became infected with “baseball fever, ” a phenomenon of unprecedented enthusiasm and social impact.
Joe tinker, johnny evers, and frank chance came together in rough-and-tumble early twentieth-century Chicago and soon formed the defensive core of the most formidable team in big league baseball, leading the Chicago Cubs to four National League pennants and two World Series championships from 1906 to 1910.
The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers
The game of baseball at the beginning of the 20th century was remarkably similar to the game that is played today, although pitching was dominant and offense was hard to come by. The deadball era 1901-1919, so named because the ball being used was not the lively ball introduced in the twenties and beyond, demanded that the writers and photographers provide all the information in the form of the printed word and still photography.
Yet their instincts led them to some incredible and uncanny shots of action during the game. The editor, steve steinberg, has assembled an excellent and knowledgeable group of researchers and writers from the Society of American Baseball Research SABR to provide us with a remarkable view of the Word Series in the Deadball Era.
But missing was the coverage by radio, motion pictures, television, audio/video tapes and the internet. You will not be reading about the deadball World Series from the point of the 21st century, rather you will be transported to this great era that set the groundwork for today's game. Photographers did not have the luxury of instant multiple shots but had to sense the opportunity of when to take the best action photo, hence the often posed photos taken before the game.
Writers included not only known names such as ring lardner, hugh fullerton plus many more, including players, and others, Charles Dryden, managers, and from that era Tim Murname, Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, owners, some of whom were "ghosted" by regular sportswriters. Today's coverage includes not only these new media but also expanded use of newspapers and photography.
John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion
Wee to share his stories of growing up in Brooklyn and what it took to become an MLB player. And that’s why with the younger players, ‘Hey, you just tell them, look. John cangelosi: the improbable baseball journey of the undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series ChampionA born and bred New Yorker, John Cangelosi’s claim to fame was as a super-quick base stealer with a tremendous work ethic.
He played on that 1997 florida Marlins team that surprised everyone by wining the World Series. In this biography, he teams up with noted sports writer K. That’s what happened for me in those years in the 1990s. John Cangelosi. P. You salute guys like that. Show up, and play hard every night. Terry collins, former buffalo bisons manager and Houston Astros manager “If you have that blue-collar work ethic and not give up on your dreams, anything can happen.
This is an inside look at a real everyman of baseball, full of stories about stealing bases against legendary pitchers and catchers, and how it felt to celebrate the first championship in Marlins history. Cangelosi put forth the effort in the way he played, and he got back to the big leagues. You wanna try to get to the big leagues? Do what he does.
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
There were road trips and hunting trips; grand tours of foreign capitals and post-season promotional tours, not to mention those 714 trips around the bases. After hitting his 60th home run in september 1927—a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season—he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig.
Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen. Aided by his crucial partnership with christy walsh—business manager, and surrogate father, spin doctor, damage control wizard, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom.
His was a life of journeys and itineraries—from uncouth to couth, abandoned to abandon; from Baltimore to Boston to New York, spartan to spendthrift, and back to Boston at the end of his career for a finale with the only team that would have him. A major work of american history by an author with a flair for mesmerizing story-telling.
Forbeshe lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat. The omaha world herald called it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent. In the big fella, acclaimed biographer jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.
Son of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back
His big-league dreams came at a steep price―racism in the Deep South and the Boston suburbs, and nearly fifteen years separated from a family held captive in Castro’s Cuba. Teammates, family, opponents, and media also weigh-in―including a foreword by fellow Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski and the first in-depth interview ever with Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk on the magic behind these Boston batterymates.
Readers will share Tiant’s pride when appeals by a pair of U. S. In his white polyester uniform, but nobody was a tougher competitor on the diamond, with a barrel-chested physique and a Fu Manchu mustache, sculpted aces he usually faced off against, Tiant may not have looked like the lean, and few were as successful.
The man whose name―"el tiante"―became a Fenway Park battle cry has never fully shared his tale in his own words, until now. And readers will join the big-league ballplayers for their spring 2016 exhibition game in Havana, when Tiant―a living link to the earliest, scariest days of the Castro regime―threw out the first pitch.
In son of havana, tiant puts his huge heart on his sleeve and describes his road from fields strewn with rocks and rubbish in Havana to the pristine lawns of major league ballparks. The improbable story of luis tiant―a living link to the earliest days of fidel castro’s regime, a boston red sox legend, and the most qualified 20th Century pitcher not yet enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame Luis Tiant is one of the most charismatic and accomplished players in the history of the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball―a cigar-chomping maestro who was the heart and soul of Boston’s title-contending teams in the 1970s.
Senators to baseball-fanatic castro secure freedom for Luis’s parents to fly to Boston and witness the 1975 World Series glory of their child. But baseball also delivered World Series stardom and a heroic return to his island home after close to a half-century of forced exile.
Warren Spahn: A Biography of the Legendary Lefty
Known for his supremely high leg kick, Spahn became one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. From his early days in buffalo and young career, through his time and the military and all the way to the 1948 Braves and “Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain, ” author Lew Freedman leaves no stone unturned in sharing the incredible life of this pitching icon, who is still considered the greatest left-handed pitcher to ever play the game.
It would be four years before Spahn would return to the diamond, as he received a calling of a different kind—one from his country. Enlisting in the army, seeing action in the battle of the Bulge and the Ludendorff Bridge, and was awarded a battlefield commission, Spahn would serve with distinction, along with a Purple Heart.
Upon his return to the game, he would take the league by storm. However, the road wasn’t as easy as it would seem. Struggling in his major-league debut at age twenty, manager Casey Stengel demoted the young left. Pitching into his mid-forties, he would throw two no-hitters at the advanced ages of thirty-nine and forty.
With 363 victories, Warren Spahn is the winningest left-handed pitcher in baseball history. During his 21-year career, spahn won 20+ games thirteen times, was a 17-time All Star, a Cy Young–award winner, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. In addition, spahn was also a war hero, serving in World War II and awarded the Purple Heart.
Outside the Lines of Gilded Age Baseball: Gambling, Umpires, and Racism in 1880s Baseball
How did the situation grow so serious?Equally regrettably, the 1880s was the decade in which baseball drew its color line, banning African Americans from the game. At least twice, they killed fans in their own self-defense. One issue that certainly was not in decline, however, was the abuse of umpires. Rob Bauer.
He is a member of saBR's 19th Century Research Committee. Although on the decline, the threat of gambling on games continued menacing baseball in the 1880s. This is book 2 in the series on 1880s baseball from Society of American Baseball Research member Dr. Several major fights broke out every season. Even after that decision, however, racism showed its face in more subtle ways.
. Arguments and rows between players, fans, and umpires ranks among the most important issues in the game in this decade. Many times, umpires narrowly escaped with their lives. Learn how prejudice continued to mar the game throughout the decade, especially when it came to baseball's treatment of mascots.
The 1932 New York Yankees: The Story of a Legendary Team, a Remarkable Season, and a Wild World Series
In the american league, former cub manager Joe McCarthy's New York Yankees ran away with the pennant, leaving Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in the dust. In the national league, charlie grimm, lon warneke, the chicago Cubs narrowly won the pennant thanks to the likes of Gabby Hartnett, Johnny Moore, Billy Herman, Kiki Cuyler, Riggs Stephenson, and Guy Bush.
At the outset of the great depression, as FDR campaigned to replace Herbert Hoover, a baseball season was played across America. Chicago and new york then clashed in one of the most lop-sided and talked-about World Series in baseball history. Babe ruth, earle combs, red ruffing, joe sewell, ben chapman, lou gehrig, george pipgras, and Johnny Allen led the way to one of the winningest teams in the early American League, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Frankie Crosetti, overshadowed only by the 1927 Yankees.
Outside the Lines of Gilded Age Baseball: The Origins of the 1890 Players League
Their league lasted only one season, but its formation remains one of the seminal events in understanding the trajectory of 19th century baseball. Why is this true?by learning why the players of the NL elected to strike out on their own, we gain insight into some of the critical issues facing the game in the 1880s, particularly the relationship between team owners and their players.
Rob Bauer. Therefore, understanding the motivations of the players gives us a glimpse of both what was, and what might have been. This is book 3 in the series on 1880s baseball from Society of American Baseball Research member Dr. Put simply, baseball history in the 1890s is incomprehensible without knowledge of the 1890 Players League and how it began.
However, that's not all. Had a few things gone differently, the Players League might have succeeded. Had it done so, the entire history of major league baseball would have been vastly different. He is a member of saBR's 19th Century Research Committee. After the 1889 baseball season, decided to secede from the National League and start their own rival league, furious over their treatment by NL owners, the players of the National League, the Players League.