Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer

Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer

by Joe Niese
     
 

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Burleigh Grimes—forever to be remembered as the ill-tempered spitballer with the perpetual five o'clock shadow. For nearly two decades, he brought his surly disposition to the pitcher's mound. His life-or-death mentality resulted in a reputation as one of the game's great competitors and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along the way he suited up for eight

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Burleigh Grimes—forever to be remembered as the ill-tempered spitballer with the perpetual five o'clock shadow. For nearly two decades, he brought his surly disposition to the pitcher's mound. His life-or-death mentality resulted in a reputation as one of the game's great competitors and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along the way he suited up for eight different ball clubs and played alongside a record 36 Hall of Famers.

Grimes spent more than half a century in professional baseball as a player, manager, coach and scout. This biography covers all aspects of his life, from his childhood in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, to his twilight years in that same town. In between are World Series highs and lows, brawls, five marriages, a near-death experience and 270 major league victories.

Editorial Reviews

author of Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places - Dorothy Seymour Mills
"A well-researched biography essential for every fan of the Dead Ball Era"
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Joe Niese tells the story of Burleigh Grimes in marvelous detail, enriching bare numbers with anecdotes culled from a wide range of published sources.... Niece makes a candid assessment of how his subject's behavior contributed to both his successes and limitations, and the result is a very balanced work of scholarship...this excellent biography does justice to Burleigh Old Stubblebeard Grimes. It is a welcome addition to baseball scholarship

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786473281
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/22/2013
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Joe Niese is a librarian and member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. View his website at http://joeniese.com.

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