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An irony of enshrinement at the baseball Hall of Fame is that it’s no guarantee of lasting name recognition. The sport’s history stretches too far back, as today fans scratch their heads about athletes and owners who were among the most celebrated public figures of their time. Who was more renowned than George Wright, baseball’s greatest star during the transition from amateur to professional play? Who was more feared than Big Dan Brouthers? Maybe it was Amos Rusie, who threw so hard that some say the rules ...
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Overview

An irony of enshrinement at the baseball Hall of Fame is that it’s no guarantee of lasting name recognition. The sport’s history stretches too far back, as today fans scratch their heads about athletes and owners who were among the most celebrated public figures of their time. Who was more renowned than George Wright, baseball’s greatest star during the transition from amateur to professional play? Who was more feared than Big Dan Brouthers? Maybe it was Amos Rusie, who threw so hard that some say the rules makers increased the pitching distance just to make things fair.

This book, a follow-up to Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown (2004), provides chapter-length biographies on 16 Hall of Famers from baseball’s distant past. Award-winning biographer David Fleitz covers in detail the lives and careers of Negro League (Hilton Smith) and pre-Negro League greats (Cristóbal Torriente and Smokey Joe Williams), big leaguers from the 19th century (Wright, Brouthers, Rusie, Mickey Welch, Tommy McCarthy, Tim Keefe, Joe Kelley, Billy Hamilton, and Sam Thompson) and stars from the deadball era through the Second World War (Jimmy Collins, Sam Rice, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughan). For some, it is the first time their stories appear in print.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786431335
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Fleitz, author of six 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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
George Wright     3
Jimmy Collins     18
Dan Brouthers     33
Tommy McCarthy     48
Billy Hamilton     64
Sam Rice     78
Tim Keefe     91
Kiki Cuyler     108
Joe Kelley     121
Mickey Welch     138
Sam Thompson     151
Amos Rusie     168
Arky Vaughan     184
Joe Williams     198
Hilton Smith     211
Cristobal Torriente     224
Notes     237
Bibliography     243
Index     245
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