Spoke: A Biography of Tris Speaker

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New stated first edition, first printing cloth hardcover and dust jacket in excellent condition. Protective mylar cover. Sport in American Life 1.3 x 9.2 x 6.3 Inches Charles ... C. Alexander's fact-filled biography of Tris Speaker chronicles the twenty-two-year career of arguably the greatest centerfielder ever to play the position. I Read more Show Less

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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.

Despite the fact that Speaker was in the inaugural induction class when the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 1939, compiled a lifetime .345 batting average, and accumulated more doubles than anyone in baseball history, he is today not a household name like Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth, both of whom were Speaker's peers. Renowned baseball historian Alexander makes the case that Speaker, a fiery competitor and an immensely popular figure in his day, deserves to be known to a wider audience.

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What People Are Saying

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: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles C. Alexander, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Ohio University, is the author of several important works of American intellectual and cultural history in addition to his other acclaimed baseball books-Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Our Game: An American Baseball History, Rogers Hornsby: A Biography, and Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

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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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