No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression

No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression

by Scott H. Longert

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Overview

The Cleveland Indians of 1928 were a far cry from the championship team of 1920. They had begun the decade as the best team in all of baseball, but over the following eight years, their owner died, the great Tris Speaker retired in the face of a looming scandal, and the franchise was in terrible shape. Seeing opportunity in the upheaval, Cleveland real estate mogul Alva Bradley purchased the ball club in 1927, infused it with cash, and filled its roster with star players such as Bob Feller, Earl Averill, and Hal Trosky. He aligned himself with civic leaders to push for a gigantic new stadium that—along with the team that played in it—would be the talk of the baseball world.

Then came the stock market crash of 1929. Municipal Stadium was built, despite the collapse of the industrial economy in Rust Belt cities, but the crowds did not follow. Always the shrewd businessman, Bradley had engineered a lease agreement with the city of Cleveland that included an out clause, and he exercised that option after the 1934 season, leaving the 80,000-seat, multimillion-dollar stadium without a tenant.

In No Money, No Beer, No Pennants, Scott H. Longert gives us a lively history of the ups and downs of a legendary team and its iconic players as they persevered through internal unrest and the turmoil of the Great Depression, pursuing a pennant that didn’t come until 1948. Illustrated with period photographs and filled with anecdotes of the great players, this book will delight fans of baseball and fans of Cleveland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821445853
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,179,144
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Scott H. Longert is the author of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers, The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916–1920, and No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression. He lives in Beachwood, Ohio, with his wife, Vicki, their handsome golden retriever, and two cool cats.

Table of Contents

Contents Illustrations Prologue 1: Change of the Guard 2: Starting to Build 3: The Vote Is Yes 4: Trouble Ahead 5: An Improved Ball Club Gallery of photos 6: A Homegrown Star 7: Grand New Stadium 8: The Big Train Comes to Town 9: Return to 66th and Lexington 10: Goodbye to Walter 11: A Teenage Hero Sources Index

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