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Pete Rose (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters)

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Pete Rose is baseball's Hit King, the Major Leagues' all-time leader in career hits. But some fans consider his off-the-field actions a black mark on the sport. Major League Baseball's investigations into Rose's gambling led to his lifetime banishment from the game—which, in turn, has barred him from otherwise—certain induction into the Hall of Fame. Rose brought to the sport an unparalleled drive to succeed. Now, people from every part of society debate the nature of his legacy. Baseball author David Jordan ...

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Overview

Pete Rose is baseball's Hit King, the Major Leagues' all-time leader in career hits. But some fans consider his off-the-field actions a black mark on the sport. Major League Baseball's investigations into Rose's gambling led to his lifetime banishment from the game—which, in turn, has barred him from otherwise—certain induction into the Hall of Fame. Rose brought to the sport an unparalleled drive to succeed. Now, people from every part of society debate the nature of his legacy. Baseball author David Jordan presents an even-handed look at Rose's life, career, and post-baseball life, and lets the reader decide for him- or herself.

It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors. These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a Making of a Legend chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and (in some cases) infamy.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These three scholarly biographies in a twelve-book series that includes current superstar Barry Bonds will interest only the most avid baseball enthusiasts and historians. The writing styles are similar because of the standardized format. Great emphasis is placed on quotes from books, newspapers, and magazines. All three authors provide a useful chronology that would be extremely valuable for reports. They present well-rounded views of their subjects. D'Amore does not shy away from Roger Hornsby's racism or his gambling addiction, yet he also does well in showing Hornsby's tremendous passion for baseball. Likewise Jordan and Jones do not pull punches in regard to Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio, examining without bias Rose's tainted legacy and DiMaggio's troubled personal life. These books are the perfect length for those "read a biography of these many pages" projects that teachers perennially assign. They would also serve any researcher well as a starting point for a project; however, they are not for the general reader. The print is too small for most teen readers, and the scholarly nature makes them informative but not fun to read. Libraries should consider purchasing titles in this series to beef up their biography collections in anticipation of those annual assignments. With the exception of the book on Bonds, do not expect these books to fly off the shelves when not being used for assignments. (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Greenwood, 208p.; Index. Photos. Biblio. SourceNotes. Chronology. Appendix., PLB . Ages 15 to Adult.
—David Goodale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328756
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID JORDAN is president of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society and also lectures frequently on both baseball and the Civil War. He is the author of Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies; The Athletics of Philadelphia: Connie Mack's White Elephants, 1901-1954; and A Tiger in His Time: Hal Newhouser and the Burden of Wartime Baseball.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Chronology xv
Introduction xix
Chapter 1 The River Rat from Anderson Ferry 1
Chapter 2 On the Way Up 9
Chapter 3 The Rookie 17
Chapter 4 Established Star 29
Chapter 5 Batting Champ 39
Chapter 6 A Spark for Cincinnati 45
Chapter 7 Putting It Together 59
Chapter 8 Cream of the Crop 71
Chapter 9 The Big Red Machine 83
Chapter 10 End of the Line in Cincinnati 97
Chapter 11 To the Phillies 107
Chapter 12 On Top Again 117
Chapter 13 Chasing Musial...and Cobb 123
Chapter 14 Return to Cincinnati 131
Chapter 15 Trouble 139
Chapter 16 Pete's Downfall 145
Chapter 17 The Hit King 153
Chapter 18 The Legend of Pete Rose 159
Appendix Pete Rose's Career and World Series Statistics 163
Selected Bibliography 165
Index 169
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