You Stink! : Major League Baseball's Terrible Teams & Pathetic Players

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A Satiric Look at the Jeer-Ful Side of Our National Pastime

There are countless volumes celebrating the best teams in professional baseball. Unfortunately, winning represents only one side of the game. For every champion's record-setting season, there has been an equally memorable story of defeat. These teams and their shameful contributions to America's national pastime have been a neglected topic in the annals of baseball history. Until now.

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Overview

A Satiric Look at the Jeer-Ful Side of Our National Pastime

There are countless volumes celebrating the best teams in professional baseball. Unfortunately, winning represents only one side of the game. For every champion's record-setting season, there has been an equally memorable story of defeat. These teams and their shameful contributions to America's national pastime have been a neglected topic in the annals of baseball history. Until now.

In You Stink!, two fanatical historians (or historian fans), Michael Aubrecht and Eric Wittenberg, give credit where it is far overdue with a statistically backed, satiric look at the worst teams and individuals ever to set foot on a diamond. You Stink! includes franchise origins, detailed stats, player profiles, photos, and more, as well as a collection of long-format essays in a "Hall of Shame" that recognizes some of the worst moments ever witnessed on a ball field. The first half of the book is based entirely on statistical data; in the second half, the authors give their personal opinions.

With an insightful foreword by Dave Raymond, the original "Phillie Phanatic," You Stink! showcases disappointments on the diamond dating as far back as 1889. Readers are treated to stories of the worst teams, players, owners, calls, fans, plays, and more. A timeline of Major League terribleness and an assortment of quotations about losing complement this unique survey of shame.

Ultimately, You Stink! celebrates a sport that gives us more than just wins and losses and drives to the heart of what all of us love about baseball. Fans bond with their teams, and everyone can relate to suffering through slumps. Watching our heroes stumble through ineptitude, boneheaded plays, and heartbreaking losses makes the celebration all the sweeter when victory finally comes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606351383
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,227,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (The Phillie Phanatic) Raymond, Dave ix

Introduction: Monument to Mediocrity xiii

Terrible Teams

Not Louisville Sluggers: The 1889 Louisville Colonels 3

Bad News Brownies: The 1898 St. Louis Browns 12

Squashed Like a Bug: The 1899 Cleveland Spiders 22

"Et Tu, Brute?": The 1904 Washington Senators 31

The Curse Continues: The 1932 Boston Red Sox 42

Even the Babe Couldn't Save This One: The 1935 Boston Braves 52

From Dynasty to Despair: The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics 63

Tie: '42 and '61 Phillies 72

Tie: '50-'51-'52-'53-'54 Buccos 92

The Worst Record of the Modern Era: The 1962 New York Mets 103

One Year of Wretchedness: The 1969 Seattle Pilots 115

In Need of Forgiveness: The 1973 San Diego Padres 130

Fundamentally Flawed: The 1988 Baltimore Orioles 140

A Complete Massacre: The 1991 Cleveland Indians 152

Scaredy Cats: The 2003 Detroit Tigers 164

Hall of Shame

Worst Season: From Heroes to Zeros: The 1884 Wilmington Quicksteps 177

Worst Investment: Money for Nothing: $100-Plus Million 2008 Seattle Mariners 181

Worst Collapse: Rotten to the (Big Apple) Core: The 2007 New York Mets 186

Worst Pitching Staff: Scoring 10 Runs a Game But Still Losing: The 1930 Philadelphia Phillies 195

Worst Scandal: Cheaters Never Win: The 1919 "Black Sox" Scandal 199

Worst Call: *61 in '61: Maris Gets the Asterisk 207

Worst Team Year In and Year Out: Abandon Ship: The Pittsburgh Pirates and 19-Plus Straight Losing Seasons 215

Top 10 Worst Plays 219

Worst Players 237

Disappointment on the Diamond

A Timeline of Terribleness 259

Notable Quotables

Lines about Losing 299

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 307

Bibliography 313

Index 317

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