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Overview

This new, revised edition of The Biographical History of Baseball uses up-to-date statistical research to create the most accurate picture possible of the on-field accomplishments of players from earlier eras. It offers original summaries of the personalities and contributions of over 1,500 players, managers, owners, front office executives, journalists, and ordinary fans who developed this great American game into our national pastime. Each individual included has had an impact on the sport as mass entertainment or as a cultural phenomenon, as an athletic art or a business enterprise. It also includes for the first time entries on players like Sammy Sosa and Albert Belle, and expands on the entries for players like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds in order to demonstrate the impressive outburst of offense since the last edition.

But more important, this second edition of The Biographical History of Baseball uses more general research to paint the most accurate picture ever of the inner workings of baseball. For example, the entry on Hal Chase, baseball's all-time poster boy for corruption, chronicles for the first time the extent -- including perjury -- to which such baseball luminaries as National League president John Heydler and Giants manager John McGraw were willing to go to paint Chase as the fountainhead of all the gambling evils that infested the game in the early 20th century. And more recent examples include George W. Bush's (yes, that George W. Bush) incautious revelation that baseball teams keep two sets of books, one for internal consumption and the other to prove they were losing money; and Commissioner Bud Selig's caution-to-the-winds movement of franchises, owners, and millions of dollars like tokens in a board game, enriching members of the club while chanting the time-honored mantra of "the best interests of baseball."

This comprehensive Who's Who of baseball covers the game's outlaws, clowns, thieves, and hustlers -- on and off the field -- as well as statistics and engaging facts on every key player in history: Hall of Famers from Ty Cobb to Mike Schmidt; record holders from Cy Young to Anthony Young; heroic performances from Zip Zabel to Ichiro Suzuki. By using the individuals involved to retell every major moment in baseball's grand legacy, The Biographical History of Baseball provides a fascinating, personalized narrative that leads the reader through the detailed highlights of America's grandest sport.

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A history of America's national pastime through original summaries of the personalities and contributions of some 1,500 players, managers, owners, journalists, and fans involved in baseball. Entries are arranged alphabetically and include b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572434707
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: COLLECTORS
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction v
A Hank Aaron to Joe Azcue 1
B Carlos Baerga to Tommy Byrne 16
C Francisco Cabrera to Kiki Cuyler 52
D Jay Dahl to Len Dykstra 91
E Joseph Eastman to Buck Ewing 116
F Red Faber to Carl Furillo 124
G Eddie Gaedel to Tony Gwynn 145
H Stan Hack to Cap Huston 174
I Pete Incaviglia to Art Irwin 206
J Bo Jackson to Billy Jurges 207
K Jim Kaat to Bob Kuzava 220
L Chet Laabs to Ted Lyons 235
M Connie Mack to Jim Mutrie 254
N Jim Nabors to Joe Nuxhall 302
O Rebel Oakes to Danny Ozark 309
P John Paciorek to Harry Pulliam 319
Q Tom Qualters to Jack Quinn 337
R Charlie Radbourne to Nolan Ryan 340
S Fred Saigh to Stuart Symington 374
T William Howard Taft to Jim Tyng 417
U Peter Ueberroth to George Uhle 429
V Bobby Valentine to Chris Von Der Ahe 431
W Rube Waddell to Early Wynn 440
Y Abe Yager to Robin Yount 467
Z Zip Zabel to George Zoeterman 472
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