Shortened Seasons: The Untimely Deaths of Major League Baseball's Stars and Journeymen

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Shortened Seasons recounts the stories of some of the baseball players who never made it back for the next game, who died with the suddenness of a walk-off homerun. For them, there was no next year. From Hall of Fame caliber players such as Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson, and Ed Delahanty to players who were still finding their niche in the game like Ken Hubbs, Lyman Bostoc, and Darryl Kile, this book explores the lives and deaths of ball players of all categories and abilities who were struck down at the ...
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Overview

Shortened Seasons recounts the stories of some of the baseball players who never made it back for the next game, who died with the suddenness of a walk-off homerun. For them, there was no next year. From Hall of Fame caliber players such as Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson, and Ed Delahanty to players who were still finding their niche in the game like Ken Hubbs, Lyman Bostoc, and Darryl Kile, this book explores the lives and deaths of ball players of all categories and abilities who were struck down at the height of their careers.
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Editorial Reviews

Larry Dierker
In Fran Zimniuch's book, Shortened Seasons, there is more than a measure of sweet sorrow. Sweet because the loss of someone you love offers the chance to tap into the deep feelings you had for them, feelings you may not have known were hidden in the folds of your heart and soul. His new book revives the imnages of baseball heroes who died too soon. I hope that for you, as for me, this book will not be a funeral, but a celebration of life."
Mike Schmidt
Shortened Seasons is a great read. It reminds us that professional athletes, no matter how high a pedestal we, or the media, place them on, are only human and are subject to the same life rules as the rest of society.
Larry Colton
You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate Shortened Seasons by Fran Zimniuch. It's a heartfelt glimpse into success and tragedy, but most of all it provides perspective on our sometimes triumphant, sometimes fragile journey around the bases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793637
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,315,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Zimniuch is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written for various newspapers and national magazines for more than two decades about subjects ranging from breaking news events, business trends, and jewelry to sports. His previous books include Phillies: Where Have You Gone?, Eagles: Where Have You Gone?, and Richie Ashburn Remembered. He lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Larry Dierker     xi
Preface and Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Players Who Died in Aircraft     5
Ken Hubbs     7
Thurman Munson     12
Roberto Clemente     17
Nestor Chavez     23
Len Koenecke     25
Marv Goodwin     29
Tom Gastall     31
Charlie "Mule" Peete     34
Cory Lidle     36
Sometimes in Winter     41
Bob Moose     44
Danny Frisella     50
Mike Miley     55
Players Who Died in Automobile Accidents     59
Woody Crowson     61
Jay Dahl     63
Mike Darr     65
Joe DeSa     70
Paul Edmondson     73
Mike Sharperson     75
Chico Ruiz     79
Players Who Died of Natural Causes     83
Harry Agganis     85
Francisco Barrios     90
Steve Bechler     92
Walt Bond     95
Ernie "Tiny" Bonham     102
Hal Carlson     106
Addie Joss     109
DarrylKile     112
Roy Meeker     118
Urban Shocker     120
Danny Thompson     124
Jim Umbricht     131
Rube Waddell     137
Dick Wantz     143
Players Who Died in the Service of Their Country     147
Alex Burr     149
Larry Chappell     150
Elmer Gedeon     152
Harry O'Neill     155
Ralph Sharman     157
A Tragic Season in Cleveland     159
Tim Crews     160
Steve Olin     164
Cliff Young     168
Victims of Murder     171
Lyman Bostock     173
Big Ed Morris     175
Dernell Stenson     178
Accidental Deaths     183
John Carden     185
Ray Chapman     187
Ed Delahanty     191
James "Doc" McJames     196
Mike "Doc" Powers     198
Don Wilson     203
Suicide     209
Willard Hershberger     211
Index of Players     217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Loved it

    Of all Fran's books thus far, I enjoyed this one the most. Perhaps someday he can update with others whom he may have overlooked or who died tragically in recent years like Nick Adenhart. Good book though.

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