Bucketfoot Al: The Baseball Life of Al Simmons

Overview

Al Simmons, at top form in the Roaring Twenties, sparked one of baseball's greatest dynasties, the Philadelphia Athletics, to multiple championships, before becoming just another ballplayer. While his achievements demonstrated greatness, he was not an easy man to like—for those competing against him or with him—and he seemed to play to the level of team expectation. Contemporary accounts and other recollections give us a sense of Al Simmons the person and the ballplayer, his connections to people, his teams and ...

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Overview

Al Simmons, at top form in the Roaring Twenties, sparked one of baseball's greatest dynasties, the Philadelphia Athletics, to multiple championships, before becoming just another ballplayer. While his achievements demonstrated greatness, he was not an easy man to like—for those competing against him or with him—and he seemed to play to the level of team expectation. Contemporary accounts and other recollections give us a sense of Al Simmons the person and the ballplayer, his connections to people, his teams and his ability to capture the fans' imagination in his halcyon days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786461431
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/6/2011
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 1,358,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifton Blue Parker is a magazine editor at the University of California, Davis, and a former newspaper journalist and Congressional press secretary. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Davis, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Swaggering Shooting Star 1

1 Sultan of the Milwaukee Sandlots 5

2 Bucketfoot Swings and a New Name 12

3 Milwaukee's Best 20

4 Athletic Ambitions 29

5 Sophomote Bteakout 39

6 "Best Centerfielder" 45

7 Ty Cobb and Long Flannel Sleeves 53

8 Nurturing the Nucleus 62

9 Building a Dynasty 71

10 Hard Times and World Champions Again 86

11 "No Reason to Be Friendly" 101

12 Woe to White Elephants 115

13 New Socks for the Sox 126

14 Changes in Chicago 137

15 Tail of the Tiger 151

16 Mr. Simmons Leaves Washington 164

17 Chasing Three Thousand 172

18 Twilight Times 181

19 Coaching the A's and Indians 191

20 Cooperstown Comes Calling 200

21 Analyzing Al Simmons 208

Appendix: Al Simmons Statistics 215

Notes 219

Bibliography 235

Index 239

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    Good Read

    Al Simmons was one of the best hitters in the history of the game. Mr. Parker has provided a very readable and thorough bio of Bucketfoot.

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