Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth

Overview

One of early baseball's most popular celebrities, Arlie Latham played for the St. Louis Browns in the 1880s. A brainy hitter and base-runner, he was also the sport's brashest, funniest player, his "fresh" personality bringing him as much trouble as reward. He played with the 19th century's greatest names, and was friends with everyone from King Kelly to King George V. He parlayed his stardom into a vaudeville career and the first official major league coaching job. In his fifties he carried the game he loved into...

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Overview

One of early baseball's most popular celebrities, Arlie Latham played for the St. Louis Browns in the 1880s. A brainy hitter and base-runner, he was also the sport's brashest, funniest player, his "fresh" personality bringing him as much trouble as reward. He played with the 19th century's greatest names, and was friends with everyone from King Kelly to King George V. He parlayed his stardom into a vaudeville career and the first official major league coaching job. In his fifties he carried the game he loved into world war to cheer Allied troops and in his seventies went to work for the Yankees. Arlie Latham's baseball odyssey is made more compelling by the parade of players, gamblers, boxers, actors, women and mascots that passes through it, providing a unique glimpse into America's game and the people who loved it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786461387
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

L.M. Sutter is an artist, writer and baseball fan. She is a member of SABR and lives in southwest Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 5

1 Becoming Arlie (1860-1882) 11

2 "The Dude" (1883-1884) 24

3 "A fund of buffoonery" (1885-1886) 39

4 "Inimitable gall, brazen cheek and ready wit" (1887) 60

5 "Half the strength of the Browns" (1888) 73

6 "I'm an actor, you bet" (1888) 83

7 "A screw loose somewhere" (1889) 92

8 "We are the people" (1890) 109

9 "Cordially detested and generally disreputable" (1891) 133

10 "Full of ginger and tacks" (1892-1894) 143

11 "The raggedest kind of ball" (1895-1896) 164

12 "Have that has-been sit down" (1896-1908) 173

13 "A good jabberwocky" (1909-1912) 185

14 "The great American ambition" (1917-1931) 213

15 "The zeal of a rookie" (1931-1952) 231

Epilogue 242

Appendix 1 Latham's Career in Numbers 245

Appendix 2 Latham's Place in the Records 247

Chapter Notes 249

Bibliography 263

Index 267

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