The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920 [NOOK Book]

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Since the founding of professional baseball, few teams have risen above years of mediocrity only to see their fortunes interrupted by war and tragedy. Fewer still have then rallied to win the World Series. In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated.

The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this...

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The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920

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Overview

Since the founding of professional baseball, few teams have risen above years of mediocrity only to see their fortunes interrupted by war and tragedy. Fewer still have then rallied to win the World Series. In the early twentieth century, the Cleveland Indians brought the world championship to their city of passionate fans in a spectacular style that has yet to be replicated.

The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and team owner who resurrected this proud but struggling franchise. Although the Cleveland ball club had been an active part of professional baseball from the late 1860s and a charter member of the American League, by 1915 the team was on the brink of collapse. Into this dejected atmosphere came new owner James C. Dunn. Despite lacking baseball experience, Dunn had the business savvy to bring his club to the forefront, acquiring superstar center fielder Tris Speaker and other great players. But during the rise of the franchise, the outbreak of World War I interrupted baseball. Then, in 1920, as the Indians were leading the pennant race, shortstop Ray Chapman died after a pitch fractured his skull. The outpouring of sorrow from teammates and fans alike made the Indians more determined than ever to fight their way to the top.

Scott H. Longertų entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of Americaų most beloved baseball teams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612344942
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    I bought this book for my husband for Father's Day.   I was impr

    I bought this book for my husband for Father's Day.  
    I was impressed with the editorial reviews and that the author was so well versed on the Cleveland Indians.  
    My husband has read just about every book about "The Tribe" so the fact it had just been released in the Spring, I knew it was one he had not yet read.  
    He loved it and read it in less than a week.  

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