Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality

Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality

by Michael Robbins
     
 

Ninety Feet from Fame tells the stories of players who came up just short of baseball immortality. There's Hal Smith, whose dramatic World Series home run almost made him a legend, and Max Flack, the hero of a -- now-forgotten -- pennant race. There's Harlond Clift, a third baseman for the age -- overlooked because he played on a terrible team -- and Jose Cruz, Sr., a…  See more details below

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Ninety Feet from Fame tells the stories of players who came up just short of baseball immortality. There's Hal Smith, whose dramatic World Series home run almost made him a legend, and Max Flack, the hero of a -- now-forgotten -- pennant race. There's Harlond Clift, a third baseman for the age -- overlooked because he played on a terrible team -- and Jose Cruz, Sr., a fantastic hitter -- overlooked because he played in a terrible hitter's park. Karl Spooner, Charlie Hollocher, and Charlie Ferguson lost great careers to injury, illness, and death. These men -- and dozens more -- came excruciatingly close to earning a permanent place in baseball lore. Yet today, many of their tales are unknown to even die-hard fans. Journalist and baseball historian Mike Robbins brings to light their exhilarating, at times hilarious, and often downright heartbreaking stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786713356
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/09/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.88(d)

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