The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond

Overview

At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell--"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of ...
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Overview

At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell--"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in THE GREATEST BASEBALL STORIES EVER TOLD. Here also are profiles of such legendary figures as Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose, and Yogi Berra, essays that explore the complexities and pleasures of the game, even an excerpt from the movie Bull Durham. This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever played so much as a game of catch.

Contributors include:

John Updike
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Abbott & Costello
Ring Lardner
Bill Barich
Zane Grey
David James Duncan
Al Stump
Pete Hamill
P.G. Wodehouse
Damon Runyan
Roy Blount, Jr.
Richard Ben Cramer
Gay Talese
A. Bartlett Giamatti and many more

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Editorial Reviews

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"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is "The Greatest (fill in the blank) Stories Ever Told", anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading." —The Lexington County Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592280834
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 112,791
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Silverman, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and several national magazines. He is also editor of The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, Lardner on Baseball, The Greatest Golf Stories Ever Told, Classic Golf Stories, Bernard Darwin on Golf, and The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Who's on First? 1
Wait Till Next Year 9
The Web of the Game 15
Alibi Ike 33
Ty Cobb's Wild, Ten-Month Fight to Live 51
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu 73
Casey at the Congress 87
Going to the Moon 91
The Birth of Joe Hardy 103
A Scotchman, a Phantom, and a Shiny Blue Jacket 111
On Jackie Robinson 127
A Mickey Mantle Koan 139
The Catch 151
Old Well-Well 155
His Most Prized Possession Was That '54 Eddie 165
Keith 171
Baseball Players Called Her Ma 185
The Pitcher and the Plutocrat 193
One Down, 713 to Go 205
Roger Maris 209
Home run Fever 213
Woman Whiffs Ruth and Gehrig 225
The Silent Season of a Hero 229
A Native Son's Thoughts 249
K as in Koufax 263
The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete 267
One Vote for Morganna 285
Yogi 289
The Thrill of the Grass 309
The Green Fields of the Mind 319
About the Editor 323
Permissions Acknowledgments 325
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