Moments in the Sun: Baseball's Briefly Famous

Moments in the Sun: Baseball's Briefly Famous


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786405497
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Award winning journalist Mark McGuire, a member of SABR, has written for Baseball Digest, Baseball America and USA Today Baseball Weekly. He is the television and radio reporter for the Times Union in Albany, New York, and lives in nearby Delmar. SABR member Michael Sean Gormley, a writer for the Associated Press in Albany, New York, has received over 30 newspaper awards, including a share in the 1992 Associated Press Sports Editors Award. He lives in Ballston Spa, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

The Rookies

The One-Legged Wonder: Bert Shepard 7

His Greatest One-Night Stand: Bo Belinsky 14

A Walk to Glory: Eddie Gaedel 19

Super Joe: Joe Charboneau 26

Bobo the Clown: Bobo Holloman 31

The Hurricane of 1957: Bob Hazle 35

One of the Boys: Carl Scheib 39

The Cleveland Indian: Louis Sockalexis 43

The Bird: Mark Fidrych 50

The One-Armed Bandit: Pete Gray 54

In the Bushes

Bresnahan’s Tater: Dave Bresnahan 61

The Home Run King: Joe Bauman 69

One Long Night: Odell “Red” Barbary 73

The Can't-Miss Kid Who Did: Ron Necciai 77

The Mightiest Mite: Gene Rye 82

Moments in the Sun

Designated for Greatness: Ron Blomberg 89

Fame After the Fact Through Fiction: Archibald “Moonlight” Graham 96

The Actual Natural: Eddie Waitkus 101

Black in Blue: Emmett Ashford 108

Beauty and the Bribe: Jimmy O'Connell 114

Art the Great: Art Shires 119

The Utility Man Who Turned on the Power: Mike Benjamin 124

The Original Replacement Players: The May 18, 1912, Tigers 126

An Agent of Change: Danny Gardella 131

The Women in Blue: Amanda Clement, Bernice Gera, and Pam Postema 137

The Man Killed by a Baseball: Ray Chapman 144

Forgotten on Father's Day: Alexander Cartwright 152

Spotlight on the Series

The Hero Was a Bum: Cookie Lavagetto and Bill Bevens 161

The $30,000 Muff That Wasn’t: Fred Snodgrass 167

A Shining Sub: Nippy Jones 172

The Cave City Clouter (?): Brian Doyle 176

A Platoon That Won the War: Al Weis 182

Simply the Simplest Greatest Play: Bill “Wamby” Wambsganss 189

A Perfect Day: Don Larsen 193

Losing Control: Steve Blass 201

Momentarily Momentous: Bernie Carbo 207

Around the Horn

The Night Bad Music Died: Disco Demolition Night 215

Black Magic: The Black Cat of Flushing 219

Shorts Cut Short: The 1976 Chicago White Sox Uniforms 222

Carted on the Field: Bullpen Cars 224

It’s Not the Heat, It's the Bugs: Colt Stadium 226

Seasons in the Sun: Wahconah Park 229

Index 233

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