Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer

Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer

by Joe Niese


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Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer by Joe Niese

Burleigh Grimes—forever 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786473281
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2013
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Donald Honig 1

Preface 5

Introduction 7

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

Bibliography 222

Index 225

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