One-Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball, and the American Dream

Overview

In the spring of 1945 Pete Gray, who had lost his right arm in a childhood accident, made his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns of the American League. Dubbed the "one-armed wonder" by sportswriters, Gray was a controversial figure from the first time he set foot on a professional baseball diamond. Club owners saw him as a major gate attraction for war-weary baseball fans; some of his teammates questioned his ability and believed that he cost them the chance to capture a second consecutive pennant. ...
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Overview

In the spring of 1945 Pete Gray, who had lost his right arm in a childhood accident, made his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns of the American League. Dubbed the "one-armed wonder" by sportswriters, Gray was a controversial figure from the first time he set foot on a professional baseball diamond. Club owners saw him as a major gate attraction for war-weary baseball fans; some of his teammates questioned his ability and believed that he cost them the chance to capture a second consecutive pennant. Chronicled here are Gray's rise from his humble beginnings in the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania, his minor league career where he was voted the most valuable player of the minor league's Southern Association in 1944, and his year of playing with the St. Louis Browns; likewise, Gray's work with servicemen returning home from World War II missing limbs is also discussed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786400942
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 171
  • Sales rank: 1,060,227
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Kashatus is a professional historian at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. A regular contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News, he is also the author of Diamonds in the Coalfields (2002), Mike Schmidt (2000) and Connie Mack's '29 Triumph (1999).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Hitting looks easy

    Pete Gray, the irrepressable hitter from PA who made a name for himself during WW2. Gray shows what determination, drive, can do for a handicapped man, making it to the majors for one year and helping others who returned from war with lost limbs.

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