Turbulent Seasons: Baseball in 1890-1891

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This is the first book to examine in close detail the 1890 and 1891 major-league seasons, recapturing a colorful era in early baseball history when club owners quarreled, players berated umpires, sportswriters criticized and ridiculed both owners and players, and the National Game, as it was universally called, made halting progress toward the sport and business it became in the twentieth century. The two seasons saw the formation in 1890 of the Players League by the Brotherhood of Professional Ball Players, ...

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Overview

This is the first book to examine in close detail the 1890 and 1891 major-league seasons, recapturing a colorful era in early baseball history when club owners quarreled, players berated umpires, sportswriters criticized and ridiculed both owners and players, and the National Game, as it was universally called, made halting progress toward the sport and business it became in the twentieth century. The two seasons saw the formation in 1890 of the Players League by the Brotherhood of Professional Ball Players, America’s first sports union; the failure of the players’ efforts to stand up to the owners; the collapse of a new National Agreement between the National League and the American Association; and the eventual amalgamation of four Association franchises into the National League, creating a decade of relative peace under the twelve-club “big league.

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“Charles Alexander has an uncanny knack of putting his subject into its historical context. Several years ago author David Block wrote an outstanding book about the origins of baseball. It was entitled Baseball Before We Knew It. As I read Turbulent Seasons I feel it could be subtitled Baseball As We've Come To Know It. Alexander shines a bright and often amusing light on a cast of characters comprising some of baseball's most colorful players and owners, including a hard-living, fun-loving group of players who literally attempted to hijack baseball and almost pulled it off over the course of one very ‘turbulent season.’”—Rick Huhn, author of Eddie Collins and The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball’s Forgotten Great

“One of baseball’s most respected historians turns his attention to two pivotal years in the nineteenth century with most edifying results. Alexander’s typically exhaustive research and clear, vigorous prose bring the 1890 and 1891 seasons to life and demonstrate their crucial role in the development of our National Pastime. Turbulent Seasons succeeds in bringing the turmoil of those long ago seasons into focus for contemporary baseball lovers.”—C. Paul Rogers III, author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870745720
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Series: Sport in American Life Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles C. Alexander, distinguished professor emeritus of history, Ohio University, has authored biographies of Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Rogers Hornsby, and Tris Speaker, as well as Our Game: An American Baseball History and Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. Turbulent Seasons, Baseball in 1890-1891 is his thirteenth book. He now lives in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 11889:The National Game 1

2 1890:"Seven Stories with a Mansard Roof" 27

3 1890:"Trying for Years to Get into a First-class League" 53

4 1890:"Rotting as Fast as Nature Will Let Them" 77

5 1890-91:"Lunkheads of the First Water" 105

6 1891:"Mad Clean through 119

7 1891:"I Should Expect to Be Hanged" 153

8 1891-92:"Men of Money Have About Come to Their Senses" 187

Appendix Some Lives Afterward 199

Bibliography 211

Index 217

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