The Irish in Baseball: An Early History

The Irish in Baseball: An Early History

by David L. Fleitz


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The Irish in Baseball: An Early History by David L. Fleitz

Professional baseball took root in America in the 1860s during the same years that the sons of the first wave of Irish famine refugees began to reach adulthood, and the Irish quickly demonstrated a special affinity for baseball. This is a survey of the enormous contribution of the Irish to the American pastime and the ways in which Irish immigrants and baseball came of age together. Chapters cover Irish immigrants in Boston; the Chicago White Stockings; the Shamrocks, Trojans and Giants; Charlie Comiskey; Patsy Tebeau and the Hibernian Spiders; Ned Hanlon and the Orioles; Hugh Duffy and Tommy McCarthy, the “Heavenly Twins”; umpires; John McGraw; “Wild Bill” Donovan, Patrick Joseph “Whiskey Face” Moran, and Connie Mack; the Red Sox and the Royal Rooters; and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786434190
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2009
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 972,357
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David L. Fleitz is a web developer and database analyst who lives in Troy, Michigan. A longtime SABR member, he has written eight other books on baseball history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Prologue 1

1. Beginnings—The Irish in Boston 5

2. The Irish White Stockings of Chicago 16

3. Shamrocks, Trojans, and Giants 28

4. Charlie Comiskey and the St. Louis Browns 43

5. White Stockings, Colts, and Cubs 56

6. Patsy Tebeau and the Hibernian Spiders 68

7. Ned Hanlon and the Orioles 82

8. The Heavenly Twins and the Boston Irish 96

9. The Umpires 110

10. Comiskey and the White Sox 123

11. McGraw and the Giants 135

12. Wild Bill, Whiskey Face, and the Tall Tactician 150

13. Red Sox and Royal Rooters 164

Epilogue 178

Notes 181

Bibliography 187

Index 189

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