Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History

Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History

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by Mark S. Halfon
     
 

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The Deadball Era (1901-1920) is a baseball fanAes dream. Hope and despair, innocence and cynicism, and levity and hostility blended then to create an air of excitement, anticipation, and concern for all who entered the confines of a major league ballpark. Cheating for the sake of victory earned respect, corrupt ballplayers fixed games with impunity, and violence

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The Deadball Era (1901-1920) is a baseball fanAes dream. Hope and despair, innocence and cynicism, and levity and hostility blended then to create an air of excitement, anticipation, and concern for all who entered the confines of a major league ballpark. Cheating for the sake of victory earned respect, corrupt ballplayers fixed games with impunity, and violence plagued the sport. Spectators stormed the field to attack players and umpires, ballplayers charged the stands to pummel hecklers, and physical battles between opposing clubs occurred regularly in a phenomenon known as orowdyism.ö

At the same time, endearing practices infused baseball with lightheartedness, kindness, and laughter. Fans ran onto the field with baskets of flowers, loving cups, diamond jewelry, gold watches, and cash for their favorite players in the middle of games. Ballplayers volunteered for obenefit contestsö to aid fellow big leaguers and the country in times of need. oJoke gamesö reduced sport to pure theater as outfielders intentionally dropped fly balls, infielders happily booted easy grounders, hurlers tossed soft pitches over the middle of the plate, and umpires ignored the rules. Winning meant nothing, amusement meant everything, and league officials looked the other way.

Mark Halfon looks at life in the major leagues in the early 1900s, the careers of John McGraw, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson, and the events that brought about the end of the Deadball Era. He highlights the strategies, underhanded tactics, and bitter battles that defined this storied time in baseball history, while providing detailed insights into the players and teams involved in bringing to a conclusion this remarkable period in baseball history.

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Tales from the Deadball Era etches early twentieth-century baseball far different from today’s. Fixed games, patrons on the diamond, and players belting hecklers were all in a day’s work. So, too, were cash and flowers given regulars, ‘joke’ and charity games, and a batter willingly getting hit—anything for a run. In this delightful book about Ty Cobb’s and John McGraw’s era, Mark Halfon recalls an age when baseball has seldom been more alive.”—Curt Smith, author of Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

“It strikes baseball enthusiasts today that a homer or strikeout approach to tallying runs prevails. Not during the Deadball era. Mark Halfon shows us—with an historian’s eye and unfailing love of the game—how [the scarcity of baseballs in pre-1920] was the mother of invention.”—Ken Shouler, author of The Real 100 best Players of All-Time and Why

“Mark Halfon captures a raucous era in baseball history when the sport was characterized by cheating, gambling, and violence—on the part of both players and their fans—and he recounts intriguing tales of baseball’s mythical figures.”—Ronna S. Feit, PhD, State University of New York

"Halfon transports his readers back to that time, giving them an inside look at the minds of the baseball legends of that day. Tales From The Deadball Era is highly recommended for baseball history buffs."The Writer's Journey

"For anyone interested in baseball's past, Halfon's Tales from the Deadball Era provides an introduction not only to the sport itself but to American culture as well."—Matthew Teutsch, ARETE

"If you're looking for a fun summer read I highly recommend Halfon's Tales From the Deadball Era."—Mike Lynch, Seamheads

Curt Smith
Tales from the Deadball Era etches early twentieth-century baseball far different from today’s. Fixed games, patrons on the diamond, and players belting hecklers were all in a day’s work. So, too, were cash and flowers given regulars, ‘joke’ and charity games, and a batter willingly getting hit—anything for a run. In this delightful book about Ty Cobb’s and John McGraw’s era, Mark Halfon recalls an age when baseball has seldom been more alive.”—Curt Smith, author of Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story
Ronna S. Feit
“Mark Halfon captures a raucous era in baseball history, when the sport was characterized by cheating, gambling, and violence—on the part of both players and their fans—and he recounts intriguing tales of baseball’s mythical figures.”—Ronna S. Feit, PhD, State University of New York
Ken Shouler
“It strikes baseball enthusiasts today that a homer or strikeout approach to tallying runs prevails. Not during the Deadball Era. Mark Halfon shows us—with a historian’s eye and unfailing love of the game—how [the scarcity of baseballs in pre-1920] was the mother of invention.”—Ken Shouler, author of The Real 100 Best Players of All Time and Why
The Writer's Journey
"Halfon transports his readers back to that time, giving them an inside look at the minds of the baseball legends of that day. Tales From The Deadball Era is highly recommended for baseball history buffs."—The Writer's Journey
ARETE - Matthew Teutsch
"For anyone interested in baseball's past, Halfon's Tales from the Deadball Era provides an introduction not only to the sport itself but to American culture as well."—Matthew Teutsch, ARETE
Seamheads - Mike Lynch
"If you're looking for a fun summer read I highly recommend Halfon's Tales From the Deadball Era."—Mike Lynch, Seamheads
Gregg's Baseball Bookcase - Gregg Kersey

"Most fans will enjoy reading this book and spending the time traveling back to these decades long ago."—Gregg Kersey, Gregg's Baseball Bookcase

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612346496
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
553,632
File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark S. Halfon is professor of philosophy at Nassau Community College in New York. He has published work in various scholarly journals and written two books on moral philosophy. He is the author of Can a Dead Man Strike Out? Offbeat Baseball Questions and Their Improbable Answers.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halfon has written the first book about the deadball era itself and it is a masterpiece. Beautifully written, he brings to life one of the most exciting and controversial times in baseball history. Imagine a double suicide squeeze and pitchers tossing 20+ innings in a single game. Halfon also proves that the Black Sox threw the 1920 pennant. Violence, cheating, hilarious stories... This is THE book about the deadball era. AN