Baseball in Erie, Pennsylvania (Images of Baseball Series)

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Erie has had a love affair with professional baseball since the 1880s, though it has been an on-again off-again relationship. Whatever they were called—the Olympics, Blackbirds, Sailors, or SeaWolves—the Flagship City's teams have thrilled fans and won championships. However, many of those local nines faded away, leaving behind memories and empty ballparks. Baseball in Erie is a tribute to the men who brought baseball to this region of Pennsylvania: ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane; infielder Louis Bierbauer, ...

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Overview

Erie has had a love affair with professional baseball since the 1880s, though it has been an on-again off-again relationship. Whatever they were called—the Olympics, Blackbirds, Sailors, or SeaWolves—the Flagship City's teams have thrilled fans and won championships. However, many of those local nines faded away, leaving behind memories and empty ballparks. Baseball in Erie is a tribute to the men who brought baseball to this region of Pennsylvania: ambidextrous pitcher Tony Mullane; infielder Louis Bierbauer, the "original" Pittsburgh Pirate; Sam "the Jet" Jethroe; "Turkey" Mike Donlin; Todd Zeile, the record-setting nomadic major-leaguer; and Jose Guillen, the first SeaWolves hero. Through photographs and memorabilia, Baseball in Erie reaches out to fans of the national pastime, especially those who were jammed into the rafters of Ainsworth Field and now bask in the beauty of Jerry Uht Park.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738536910
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Images of Baseball Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,457,734
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark K. Vatavuk, a former associate team physician for the SeaWolves, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a resident of Erie. Richard E. Marshall, an Erie native, is a baseball historian and longtime minor-league fan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
1 The Early Years on Erie Diamonds (1872-1899) 9
2 Baseball all around the Town (1900-1932) 17
3 Barnstormin' through the Years 33
4 The Championship Years (1938-1951) 47
5 Native Sons and Hometown Heroes (1954-1967) 59
6 The Return of the National Pastime (1981-1994) 83
7 Baseball Goes Downtown (1995-2004) 95
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