Burleigh Grimesforever to be remembered as the ill-tempered spitballer with the perpetual five o’clock shadow. For nearly two decades, he brought his surly disposition to the pitcher’s mound. His life-or-death mentality resulted in a reputation as one of the game’s great competitors and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along the way he suited up for eight different ball clubs and played alongside a record 36 Hall of Famers.
Grimes spent more than half a century in professional baseball as a player, manager, coach and scout. This biography covers all aspects of his life, from his childhood in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, to his twilight years in that same town. In between are World Series highs and lows, brawls, five marriages, a near-death experience and 270 major league victories.
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About the Author
Joe Niese is a librarian and member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. View his website at http://joeniese.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Donald Honig 1
1 Northwoods Roots 9
2 From the Bottom to the Top, 1912-1916 18
3 Problems in Pittsburgh, 1916-1917 36
4 Boily in Brooklyn, 1918-1921 48
5 Burleigh and the Dazzler, 1922-1926 82
6 Rejuvenation, 1927-1929 118
7 Meet Me in St. Louis, 1930-1931 140
8 Grizzled Veteran, 1932-1934 163
9 Still in the Game, 1935-1964 178
10 The Hall Calls 200
11 Twilight Years 205
Appendix I Major League Statistics 211
Appendix II 36 Hall of Fame Teammates 214
Chapter Notes 215