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Charles C. Alexander's biography of Tris Speaker chronicles the twenty-two-year career of arguably the greatest centerfielder ever to play the position. It follows the colorful ballplayer through his years with the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Senators, and the Philadelphia Athletics, and on into his later years as minor league manager and part owner, civic activist, Indians coach, and general promoter of the National Pastime. Alexander describes not only every significant major league game in which Speaker played, but also the careers of his teammates and opponents, the baseball of their day, and the way it changed within the context of the larger world around them. Tris Speaker's reputation receives new luster in Alexander's even-handed biography of one of baseball's greats.

Published by Southern Methodist University Press, this title is now available in a limited quantity exclusively from McFarland.

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co-author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant - C. Paul Rogers III
Spoke is a first-rate biography of one of the most important and intriguing, but today largely overlooked, figures in baseball history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870745171
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Sport in American Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles C. Alexander, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Ohio University, has written 13 books, the last seven of which have dealt with American baseball history. He lives in Butler County, Ohio.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: "No Place for Me"     XV
"I Played Baseball and Drove the Cows to Pasture"     1
"By No Means a Finished Outfielder"     17
"Well, There Goes Your World Series"     39
"For God's Sake, Men, Take the Money Away"     59
"Baseball Is a Business"     83
"New Life into a Half-Dead, Despondent City"     105
"The Inspiration of Speaker's Leadership"     135
"I Knew My Team"     153
"I Will Never be a Bench Manager"     177
"We'll Finish in the League Anyway"     205
"A Veritable Judas"     233
"A Sort of Twilight to His Career"     253
"My Name Is Tris Speaker"     277
Afterword: "Let Your Voices Soften to a Mere Whisper"     305
Notes     311
Bibliography     327
Index     337
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    A very enjoyable biography of one of the early stars of baseball. The book flowed very well and was quite an interesting story. I would recommend it to anyone who loves baseball.

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