The Philly Fan's Code: The 50 Toughest, Craziest, Most Legendary Philadelphia Athletes of the Last 50 Years

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The Philly Fan's Code: The 50 Toughest, Craziest, Most Legendary Philadelphia Athletes of the Last 50 Years

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  • ISBN-13: 9781439905999
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 941,550
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Tanier is a senior writer at Football Outsiders and a regular contributor to The New York Times and

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Table of Contents


1. The Answer in Theory, but Not in Practice 
2. The Bully Who Made Us Believe 
3. The Slugger Who Won Our Hearts, Eventually 
4. The Man, and the Man Crush 
5. The Showman We Could Not Boo. Or Could We? 
6. The Babe Ruth of Backspin 
7. The Haunted, Eternal Samurai 
8. The Defense of the Minister 
9. The Role Model for the Non-Role Models 
10. He Called Us the F-Word 
11. He Brooded Back at Us 
12. The Idiot Man, Hallelujah 
13. Better Than the Greatest, If Only Briefly 
14. The Reluctant Enforcer 
15. The Once and Future Captain 
16. The Pan-Dimensional Catcher 
17. He Left Us So He Could Stay with Us 
18. The Baby Brother We Could Not Pick On. Yet. 
19. The Haters’ Favorite 
20. The Ultimate Something or Other

Intermission: Coaches and Executives

21. The Forever Flyer 
22. The Man from Lovetron 
23. He Taught Us to Win, and Laid Off the Action 
24. The Origin of the Booed Species 
25. The Other Fighter 
26. The Man Who Spoiled Memories 
27. The Slaphappy Workhorse 
28. The Legend We Could Love 
29. He Gave His Life for Philly Toughness 
30. The Agony of the Feet 
31. He Nailed the Good Ol’ Boy Act 
32. He No Longer Takes That Fifth Day Off 
33. The Spirit of ’64, the Year That Wasn’t 
34. The Quarterback We Grew Up With 
35. Point Guard for a Nation 
36. Ameba, Enigma, Goaltender 
37. The Thinking Man’s Slob 
38, 39. The Lost Brothers 
40. The Forgotten Hall of Famer 
41. All He Had Was Four Little Words 
42. He Was Too Tall to Disappear 
43. The Wildest Thing We’d Ever Seen 
44. The (Briefly) Perfect Reliever 
45. The Man Who Got the Credit 
46. The Defenseman in the Shadows 
47. Backache, Headache, Heartache 
48. The Greatest Mistake 
49. The Bat Who Wouldn’t Leave 
50. The Face of the Future


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