Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball

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Jerrold Casway's fascinating biography of legendary baseball player Ed Delahanty (1867-1903) offers a compelling examination of the first "King of Swatsville's" life and career, including the enigma surrounding his tragic and untimely death. Through Delahanty's story, Casway traces the evolving character of major league baseball and its effect on the lives and ambitions of its athletes. Delahanty's career spanned the last decades of the nineteenth century during a time when the sons of post-famine Irish refugees ...
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Overview

Jerrold Casway's fascinating biography of legendary baseball player Ed Delahanty (1867-1903) offers a compelling examination of the first "King of Swatsville's" life and career, including the enigma surrounding his tragic and untimely death. Through Delahanty's story, Casway traces the evolving character of major league baseball and its effect on the lives and ambitions of its athletes. Delahanty's career spanned the last decades of the nineteenth century during a time when the sons of post-famine Irish refugees dominated the sport and changed the playing style of America's national pastime. In this "Emerald Age" of baseball, Irish-American players comprised from 30 to 50 percent of all players, managers, and team captains. Baseball for Delahanty and other young Irishmen was a ticket out of poverty and into a life of fame and fortune. The allure and promise of celebrity and wealth, however, were disastrous for Delahanty. He found himself enmeshed in desperate contract dealings and a gambling addiction that drove him to alcohol abuse. The owner of the fourth highest lifetime batting average, Delahanty mysteriously disappeared and was found at the bottom of Niagara's Horseshoe Falls. This rich biography, which relies on previously unavailable family papers and court transcripts, as well as the colorful sports reporting of the period, will appeal to anyone interested in baseball, sports, or Irish history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268022914
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Delahanty Is Missing! 1
1 Baseball's Beginnings 5
2 Irish Kid from Cleveland 10
3 Making the Majors 22
4 Triple Jumping 38
5 From Cleveland to Philly 57
6 The Emerging Slugger 69
7 King of Leftfielders 86
8 Marriage and Maturity? 99
9 The Great and Only 111
10 Princely Jollyers 123
11 A Season in Wartime 141
12 Captain Ed, Batting Champ 157
13 The "Hoodoo" Season 172
14 The New League 197
15 Cresting in Washington 221
16 Get the Money 239
17 The Fall 259
Epilogue 283
Appendix 302
Notes 305
Bibliography 351
Name Index 359
Subject Index 367
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