Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond

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The extent to which remarkable things can happen on a baseball field is virtually limitless. Bats break, balls carom wildly, personalities clash, and playing fields are invaded by uninvited guests.

Mudville Madness is for baseball fans who seek something beyond the standard boxscores—something new or rarely encountered. This book is a jaunt into the realm of the extraordinary and (at times) outright bizarre. The most uncommon events in three centuries of baseball history are ...

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Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond

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Overview

The extent to which remarkable things can happen on a baseball field is virtually limitless. Bats break, balls carom wildly, personalities clash, and playing fields are invaded by uninvited guests.

Mudville Madness is for baseball fans who seek something beyond the standard boxscores—something new or rarely encountered. This book is a jaunt into the realm of the extraordinary and (at times) outright bizarre. The most uncommon events in three centuries of baseball history are recounted here in glorious detail, beginning with the game’s earliest days when the rules were in their infancy, through the deadball years, right up to the 2013 season. The epic brawls, bizarre plays, and landmark achievements covered in this book will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

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Editorial Reviews

Jan Finkel
The beauty of baseball is that you never know. The game you’re watching may have somebody turning an unassisted triple play, a pitcher flirting with his second consecutive no-hitter, three guys on third base—you just never know. In Mudville Madness, Jonathan Weeks takes us on a whirlwind journey from the nineteenth century through the 2013 season—through the wild, weird, wonderful world of baseball. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!
Ronald T. Waldo
For those looking for more in respect to baseball, Mudville Madness artfully goes beyond balls and strikes and delivers the goods covering those remarkable moments that are the very fiber of the game's history. Whether it’s a doubleheader being played at a flooded Exposition Park on July 4, 1902, or a snowball fight among fans at the Polo Grounds on opening day in 1907, author Jonathan Weeks does a masterful job bringing these unique events to life.
Library Journal
★ 06/01/2014
Weeks (Baseball's Most Notorious Personalities) takes readers on a well-researched journey through the uncommon events, statistical anomalies, and urban legends that have sprouted up around the sport since the late 19th century. As his extensive list of references indicates, the author has scoured decades worth of box scores and baseball literature to compile stories of riots on the field, tragedies in the stands, and the quirkiest characters ever to grace the diamond. The book is organized chronologically, starting with anecdotes about the unsavory individuals who filled out the roster of the first professional league and progressing through tales about the game fans know and love today. Along the way, readers will discover little-known episodes involving baseball's most famous players and also become acquainted with lesser-known figures who stand out for their funny, heartbreaking, or downright odd personalities. Weeks has an engaging, accessible style and a firm grasp of baseball vocabulary, which lends an authenticity to the text. VERDICT Appropriate for all ages; some anecdotes involve violence but they are neither graphic nor obscene. For baseball fans who enjoy learning about the sport's history, this is a must.—Matt Schirano, Grand Canyon Univ. Lib., Phoenix
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589799561
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/6/2014
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 962,724
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Weeks, a native New Yorker, started amassing his baseball knowledge at age seven. Besides being a loyal Yankees fan and member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Weeks has a degree in psychology from SUNY Albany and currently works as a vocational counselor. He lives in Malone, New York.

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