Steve Steinberg is a baseball historian who lives in Seattle with his wife and three teenage children. He recently finished a book on NY Yankee manager Miller Huggins, The Genius of Hug. The author maintains a baseball history website, stevesteinberg.net.
Baseball in St. Louis, Missouri 1900-1925 (Images of Baseball Series)by Steve Steinberg
St. Louis was a hotbed of baseball activity in the early 20th century. Two of baseball's great wars played out here-the rise of the American League and the rise and fall of the Federal League. No pennants flew over the city from 1900 to 1925, yet St. Louis teams were involved in a number of torrid pennant races. Here is the heyday of the St. Louis Browns and the
St. Louis was a hotbed of baseball activity in the early 20th century. Two of baseball's great wars played out here-the rise of the American League and the rise and fall of the Federal League. No pennants flew over the city from 1900 to 1925, yet St. Louis teams were involved in a number of torrid pennant races. Here is the heyday of the St. Louis Browns and the emergence of the Cardinals, as well as a vibrant scene for semi-pro and black teams. The city had two of the greatest hitters in baseball history-George Sisler and Rogers Hornsby-and one of the game's most influential executives-Branch Rickey. Twenty-one members of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown played baseball in St. Louis during these years. The author draws on more than 20 photo collections, with in-depth looks at an important yet overlooked era and the people who made it come alive.
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Baseball In St. Louis 1900-1925 covers in a fine fashion just what the title says. All aspects of baseball in what was then called the Mound City (St. Louis) are included: teams, ballparks, players, baseball officials and sports writers. This book is part of the Images of Baseball Series by Arcadia Press. Other books in this series consist largely of photos. Unlike these volumes, Baseball In St. Louis 1900-1925, has a substantial amount of well-written text dealing with St. Louis baseball history and the photos, some rare and unique, are organized around each chapter's extensive story. The book is both well-written and thoroughly researched. The photos are culled from many sources to illustrate the history of early 20th Century St. Louis Baseball. A number of little-known points are made: The Browns were the superior major-league franchise in St. Louis during this quarter century. The Cardinals, who became in the late 1920s a famous and successful franchise, were before 1925 a poor team that played (until 1920) in a worse ballpark-Robison Field, the last all-wooden park used in the majors. Summary: A fine book covering a largely, until now, over-looked slice of baseball history.
Excelent History of a period in St Louis Baseball, 1900-1925 before rarely written about. Great stories on the players as well as rare photos. Erv Fischer Historian St Louis Cardinals baseball