Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike

Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike "King" Kelly, Baseball's First Superstar

by Marty Appel
     
 

Slide, Kelly, Slide recounts the rough-and-tumble life of Mike "King" Kelly. Kelly was baseball's first superstar whose soaring popularity and infectious charm helped make the infant sport a touchstone of American culture. His exploits on and off the field paved the way for his illustrious successors: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ripken, and others. A hard-drinking… See more details below

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Slide, Kelly, Slide recounts the rough-and-tumble life of Mike "King" Kelly. Kelly was baseball's first superstar whose soaring popularity and infectious charm helped make the infant sport a touchstone of American culture. His exploits on and off the field paved the way for his illustrious successors: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ripken, and others. A hard-drinking, hard-living two-time batting champion and daring base runner, Kelly took full advantage of the one working umpire to skip bases on his way to the plate, feats that only increased his reputation for craftiness. However, the life and career of this baseball legend have largely been forgotten by even the most dedicated baseball fans and scholars. Slide, Kelly, Slide recounts this Hall of Famer's life from his humble origins in Troy, New York, and Patterson, New Jersey, to the National League in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boston. It also creates a vivid picture of baseball's infancy; the many colorful players, owners, and individuals involved; and American culture in the late 1800s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810829978
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
American Sports History Ser., #3
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Marty Appel is the author of many books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller Munson. Following his years as the Yankees' public relations director, he became an Emmy Award-winning television producer and director of Marty Appel Public Relations. Appel lives in New York City and appears frequently on ESPN, HBO, MLB, and the YES Network.

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