Of Mudcat, Boo, The Rope and Oil Can: An Informal History of Mississippians in Major League Baseball

Of Mudcat, Boo, The Rope and Oil Can: An Informal History of Mississippians in Major League Baseball

by Mike Christensen


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"From Sport McAllister to Billy Hamilton, this is the definitive book on Mississippians in the Major Leagues. I am really glad Mike Christensen, who knows the sport inside and out, wrote this splendid narrative."-Rick Cleveland, Executive Director, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Mississippi's contributions to music are well known, whether the focus is on Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Bobbie Gentry or Jimmy Buffet, or on the creation of the blues and rock 'n' roll. Not so well known are the state's contributions to Major League Baseball.

Drawing on more than a hundred sources, including personal interviews, this work chronicles the roles, large and small, played by Mississippians throughout five different eras of Major League Baseball.

It explores Mississippians' connections to significant teams and events, such as the dismal Cleveland Spiders of 1899, Babe Ruth's career, Jackie Robinson's arrival, the 1946 World Series and the recent home run boom/steroid scandal.

Included are sidebars on such subjects as Red Barber (Hall of Fame broadcaster); pitching legend Dizzy Dean (an adopted Mississippian); Luke Easter (first black Mississippi native to play in the majors); the many colorful nicknames (Cool Papa, Mudcat, The Rope, Tin Man, Oil Can, etc.) bestowed on Mississippians; and an all-time dream team of Magnolia State products.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941644133
Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group
Publication date: 09/27/2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Mike Christensen was born in Illinois and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, he was a newspaper sports writer/copy editor for 30 years, 26 years of which were spent at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He now works as an editor/writer for AgFax.com, an agriculture information site. He continues to do free-lance sports writing and blogs about baseball at allmississippibaseball.net.

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