Cap Anson: The Grand Old Man of Baseball

Cap Anson: The Grand Old Man of Baseball

by David L. Fleitz
     
 

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Cap Anson's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame sums up his career with admirable simplicity: "The greatest hitter and greatest National League player-manager of the 19th century." Anson helped make baseball the national pastime. He hit over .300 in all but three of his major league seasons, and upon his retirement in 1897, he held the all-time records for

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Cap Anson's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame sums up his career with admirable simplicity: "The greatest hitter and greatest National League player-manager of the 19th century." Anson helped make baseball the national pastime. He hit over .300 in all but three of his major league seasons, and upon his retirement in 1897, he held the all-time records for games played, times at bat, hits, runs scored, doubles and runs batted in. For much of his career, he also served as manager of the National League's Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs), winning five pennants and finishing in the top half of the league in 15 of his 19 seasons.

Anson's career coincided with baseball's rise to prominence. As the sport's first superstar, he was one of the best known and most widely admired men in the United States. He took advantage of his fame, starring in a Broadway play and touring on the vaudeville circuit. He toured England, Europe, Egypt, and Australia, introducing baseball throughout the world. Regrettably, he also vehemently opposed the presence of African Americans in the game and played a significant role in its segregation in the 1880s. From Marshalltown, Iowa, to superstar status, this work traces the life and times of Anson and the growth of the national pastime.

Editorial Reviews

Providence Journal - Edward Achorn
prodigiously researched...[Fleitz] helps us understand how the game of baseball both shaped and embodied American culture in what Mark Twain called the 'raging, tearing' 19th century.
SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter
well-researched and well-written volume
Chicago Cubs Official Website
definitive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422388
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/02/2005
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

David L. Fleitz, author of eight books on baseball history, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. A computer systems analyst, he lives in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.

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