Major League Careers Cut Short: Leading Players Gone by 30

Major League Careers Cut Short: Leading Players Gone by 30

by Charles F. Faber


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Since 1876, approximately 16,000 young men have enjoyed at least a taste of glory by appearing in big league games, many of them only a few times. By the end of the 2009 season, out of the millions who have aspired, fewer than three thousand individuals had had the good fortune to be a major league regular for five or more seasons. The median age at which they hung up their spikes was 35. However, 197 men played in their last big league contest at the age of 30 or younger.
With a focus on the stories of 15 greats and near-greats, this book provides information on these 197 men. Why did their careers end so soon? The reasons are varied and include drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, illness, injury, banishment, and declining ability among others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786447435
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2010
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Charles F. Faber wrote numerous books on educational administration, school law, baseball and other topics. He was a retired university professor and lived in Lexington, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Abbreviations 2

Part 1 Leading Position Players 3

Chicken Wolf 4

Bill Lange 9

Ross Youngs 15

Benny Kauff 20

Freddie Lindstrom 25

Bob Horner 31

Ray Chapman 34

Carlos May 38

Happy Felsch 42

Part 2 Leading Pitchers 49

Amos Rusie 50

Sandy Koufax 55

Sadie McMahon 61

Addie Joss 65

Bob Caruthers 70

Win Mercer 76

Part 3 All Position Players 81

First Basemen 82

Second Basemen 94

Shortstops 112

Third Basemen 123

Catchers 136

Right Fielders 142

Center Fielders 158

Left Fielders 172

Part 4 All Pitchers 182

Appendix 273

Notes 275

Bibliography 281

Index 285

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