Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot: And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball

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"Aron has found the Rosetta Stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries. . . . Here is surefire water-cooler ammo."-John Thorn, Editor of Total Baseball Did Shoeless Joe Jackson throw the World Series? Why did the Dodgers move? Were yesterday's players better than today's? Why can't the Red Sox win? In this captivating book, history sleuth Paul Aron takes a fresh look at dozens of baseball's most perplexing questions, debates, and conundrums. Carefully presenting all the evidence in each case, he comes up with most likely answer, giving ...

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Overview

"Aron has found the Rosetta Stone to all of baseball's enduring mysteries. . . . Here is surefire water-cooler ammo."-John Thorn, Editor of Total Baseball Did Shoeless Joe Jackson throw the World Series? Why did the Dodgers move? Were yesterday's players better than today's? Why can't the Red Sox win? In this captivating book, history sleuth Paul Aron takes a fresh look at dozens of baseball's most perplexing questions, debates, and conundrums. Carefully presenting all the evidence in each case, he comes up with most likely answer, giving baseball fans and trivia buffs all the ammunition they need to impress friends, astound acquaintances . . . and win bar bets. Paul Aron (Williamsburg, VA), an award-winning reporter for the Virginia Gazette, is the author of Unsolved Mysteries of American History (0-471-28368-1), Unsolved Mysteries of History (0-471-44257-7), and More Unsolved Mysteries of American History (0-471-26705-8).

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Publishers Weekly
While some of these two-dozen-plus questions aren't exactly mysteries, Aron, a reporter for the Virginia Gazette, still gives readers plenty to ponder. The queries are bound to capture the imagination of a broad range of baseball fans. Answers to inquiries such as why the Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, or whether Moe Berg, a mediocre, Ivy League-educated player, was a spy, are pretty much closed cases and have been for years. But other questions-can small-market teams compete? Why can't the Cubs win? Were yesterday's players better? Do managers matter?-have no absolute answer and thus make for compelling reading. The questions generally fall into two categories: those with definitive, factual answers; and ones with open-ended, opinion-fueled responses. Aron, who has written two books on American history following this same format, draws on a variety of sources to answer his queries, although he leaves several questions open for debate. Each chapter ends with a brief bibliography, allowing those curious enough "to investigate further." Whether reporting the facts or arguing about the validity of his theories, Aron does a nice job of reminding readers that these ponderables are part of the enjoyment of following our national pastime. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this collection of 28 essays, journalist Aron discusses a series of quandaries that have perplexed baseball historians and fans alike, from who invented baseball to whether Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first black player in the major leagues to just who served as the model for Ernest L. Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." For general libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471482048
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/11/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,263,405
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL ARON is the author of Unsolved Mysteries of American History, Unsolved Mysteries of History, and More Unsolved Mysteries of American History, all from Wiley. He is also an award-winning reporter for the Virginia Gazette.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Who Invented Baseball?

2. Who Was the First Black in the Majors?

3. Who Was Casey at the Bat?

4. Was Ed Delahanty Murdered?

5. Did Merkle Touch Second?

6. Did Cobb Win the 1910 Batting Race?

7. Did Shoeless Joe Throw the Series?

8. What Caused Ruth’s “Bellyache”?

9. What Caused the Home Run Surge?

10. Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?

11. Was Moe Berg a Spy?

12. What Caused the Feud between Williams and the Press?

13. Why Did Rickey Sign Robinson?

14. How Old Was Satchel Paige?

15. Did Thomson Steal Branca’s Sign?

16. Why Did the Dodgers Move?

17. Why Didn’t Castro Sign with the Senators?

18. Why Was Steinbrenner Banned?

19. What Took the Red Sox So Long?

20. Why Can’t the Cubs Win?

21. Who Threw the Spitter?

22. Does a Curveball Curve?

23. Where Did “Fungo” Come From?

24. Can Small-Market Teams Compete?

25. Does Clutch Hitting Exist?

26. Were Yesterday’s Players Better?

27. Do Managers Matter?

28. Does It Pay to Steal?

Index.

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