Roger Connor: Home Run King of 19th Century Baseball

Roger Connor: Home Run King of 19th Century Baseball

by Roy Kerr
     
 

Known today as "the Babe Ruth of the 1880s," Hall of Famer Roger Connor was the greatest of the nineteenth-century home run hitters, his career total (138) having stood as the major league record for nearly 24 years—until it was broken by Ruth himself. When he retired in 1897, he was also tops in triples (233), second in walks and total bases, third in hits,

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Known today as "the Babe Ruth of the 1880s," Hall of Famer Roger Connor was the greatest of the nineteenth-century home run hitters, his career total (138) having stood as the major league record for nearly 24 years—until it was broken by Ruth himself. When he retired in 1897, he was also tops in triples (233), second in walks and total bases, third in hits, and fourth in doubles. But Connor did more than swing from his heels. He was an expert bunter who averaged more than twenty stolen bases a year (some credit him with inventing the "pop-up" slide) and led the league four times in fielding. Called "The Gentleman of the Diamond," the slugger was never ejected from a game in seventeen major league seasons.

This biography sheds new light on the life and five-decade baseball career of one of the games most admired and beloved players.

Editorial Reviews

Waterbury Republican-American - Joe Palladino
how did Connor escape the mills to become the greatest baseball of his era? I refer you to Kerr's terrific work for the answer.
baseball historian - Bill Jenkinson
"Finally, we have a qualitative biography about Roger Connor. It has been a long wait, much too long, but Roy Kerr has made it all worthwhile. This is truly important work. I couldn't put it down."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786459582
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/2011
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Kerr, a retired professor of Spanish and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), lives in Lakeland, Florida.

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