You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions

You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions

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by Frederic J. Frommer, Bob Schieffer
     
 

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“First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” Expressions such as this characterized the legend and lore of baseball in the nation's capital, from the pioneering Washington Nationals of 1859 to the Washington Senators, whose ignominious departure in 1971 left Washingtonians bereft of the national pastime for thiry-three years. This… See more details below

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“First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” Expressions such as this characterized the legend and lore of baseball in the nation's capital, from the pioneering Washington Nationals of 1859 to the Washington Senators, whose ignominious departure in 1971 left Washingtonians bereft of the national pastime for thiry-three years. This reflective book gives the complete history of the game in the D.C. area, from the city’s 1924 World Series championship to the story of the Homestead Grays, a perennial Negro League pennant winner from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s that consistently outplayed the Senators. New chapters describe the present-day Nationals, who, in 2012, won the National League East led by the arms of Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg and the bats of Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and rookie Bryce Harper.

Editorial Reviews

Bob Carpenter
Washington baseball history is full of characters: from Dummy Hoy to The Big Train, from Sam Rice to Ted Williams, Frank Robinson to Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. You Gotta Have Heart is a fun read as diverse and adventurous as the capital city itself. Stroll down the Boulevard de Base Ball and revisit the Golden Age of the ’20s, the brilliance of the Negro Leagues, and the loss of the Senators, twice! The new Nationals aren't going anywhere, and neither are you once you pick up this gem. Good luck putting it down!
Jerry Seib
For those of us who sat watching the Washington Nationals before they became good—and were grateful for the opportunity—and who drive by the site of the old Griffith Stadium wondering what it was like in the really old days of Washington baseball, Fred Frommer’s authoritative history is an absolute treat—as it will be for anybody who just happens to like a good baseball yarn.
George F. Will
The national pastime has a rich history in the nation's capital, and Frederic Frommer tells this fascinating story splendidly. No fan's library should be without this book.
Paul Hagen
There's something here for fans of any age . . . in the definitive You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions.
Mark Segraves
It is a fabulous read, both from a baseball point of view and from a history of Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589798441
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
06/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
775,290
File size:
9 MB

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