Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball

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An entertaining look at how a number of baseball players have left fthe game all too soon, this book covers murders, suicides, accidents and bizarre mishaps, deaths by alcoholism, and even deaths by sexually transmitted diseases. The ever amusing and interesting stories include James Phelps, who made a running catch, was bitten by a poisonous snake, finished the game, then promptly died; Harold B. “Rowdy” Elliott, who fell out of an apartment window in San Francisco in 1934 at the age of 33; Gus Sandberg, who’s ...

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An entertaining look at how a number of baseball players have left fthe game all too soon, this book covers murders, suicides, accidents and bizarre mishaps, deaths by alcoholism, and even deaths by sexually transmitted diseases. The ever amusing and interesting stories include James Phelps, who made a running catch, was bitten by a poisonous snake, finished the game, then promptly died; Harold B. “Rowdy” Elliott, who fell out of an apartment window in San Francisco in 1934 at the age of 33; Gus Sandberg, who’s demise was when he decided to light a match to see how much gas was in the tank of his car; Dernell Stensen, who was shot in the chest and head and run over by his own SUV in 2003 at the age of 25; Len Koenecke, who got his head smashed in by a pilot as he tried to grab controls in the cockpit of a commercial airplane flying from Chicago to Buffalo in 1935; and love-sick, star-stuck Bob Lansford, who poisoned himself to death with a picture of a young actress in front of him in 1907. There are countless offbeat facts, trivia, and even specific locations of where many of the ballplayers are buried such as Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Billy Martin, and many more. The book also provides you with a grave-hunting for dummies chapter with tips on how to find your favorite deceased ballplayer.

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Surreal, perhaps, but all true! The authors cover ballplayers-and batboys, mascots, and spectators-who died unusual deaths, while active or retired, either on or off the field. Organizing their work in chapters by type of demise, Russo (www.thedeadballera.com) and Racz (The Home News Tribune, East Brunswick, NJ) present murders, suicides, alcoholism, fatal accidents, and death by various diseases, including the sexually transmitted kind. There's the guy bitten by a poisonous snake in the outfield in 1909. There are major stars like Thurman Munson and Roberto Clemente, who died in plane crashes. The AL batting champ for 1945 was on a train 13 years later that tumbled off a bridge. This is for comprehensive baseball or trivia collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572438224
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Russo is a former radio announcer and the operator of the website www.thedeadballera.com. He is a nationally recognized baseball researcher and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Gene Racz is a journalist. They both live in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball

    As soon as I picked up this book, I could not put it down! Wonderfully researched and well wrtten, it is a great read, full of facts, trivia, and great graphics. Even my wife loves it. I highly recommend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    A Strikeout!!!

    This is slipshod journalism at its worst. The authors have compiled a set of poorly selected and badly written anecdotes to bore baseball fans of all stripes. I typically read almost anything baseball, but I can't stomach this trash!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball

    Not your typical baseball book--this book is a must-have for the casual fan and baseball fanatic alike! It is full of interesting tidbits and trivia, not to mention a little scandal! Burial locations are provided, as well as excellent photos of many of the players mentioned and some of their final resting places!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Bury My Heart at Cooperstown: Salacious, Sad, and Surreal Deaths in the History of Baseball

    This is one of those rare books that keeps you entertained and also informs you as well. A great reference book that mixes hard-core research and baseball history with great graphics, all mixed together in an easy to read form. I could not put it down once I started reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    A Home Run!

    This book is unlike any other baseball book you may read. The bios include very interesting tidbits of information that may leave you asking yourself 'what was he thinking'?? There are many exceptional photos, but there is one of George Stirnweiss with his two little girls that truly expresses this man's love went beyond baseball. It's a book that is definitely worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Awesome ! Out of the box !

    I have never looked at baseball in this way, the history,the highs and lows ... I can tell you that after reading this book you will never think of baseball in the same light..... Thankyou Mr Russo and i look forward to your next book!! Mike

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