The Secret Game

The Secret Game

by Howard Burman
The Secret Game

The Secret Game

by Howard Burman


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For many years stories circulated about a secret baseball game.

One bleak raw night in February 1911 Al Sangree, the well-known columnist for the New York Journal, and a few others were gathered around a table in the grill of the Keystone Hotel in York, Pennsylvania, talking baseball when Sangree explained the game.

According to Sangree, in early October, 1909, immediately following the World Series between Pittsburgh and Detroit, a toy manufacturer who was a pole vaulter in his college days conceived the idea of bringing together two all-star teams to be selected by his stable groom and himself for a game to be played on a polo field on Staten Island, New York, for a purse of $60,000, to be divided 60 % to the winner and 40% to the loser.

The toy tycoon had but three stipulations: One, he was to supply the purse. Two, there were to be only two spectators--the groom and himself. Three, the managers of the respective teams were to have absolute control of their players in addition to having the right to call any pitches they deemed necessary to an opposing batsman.

The players were to include such stars as Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Eddie Collins.

This is that secret game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495198939
Publisher: Howard Burman
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1. It Did Happen
2. Explaining Gilly
3. No Handouts
4. Gilly's Olympics
5. My Inspiration
6. Lists and Notes
7. Big Ed
8. Big O
9. Prince Hal
10. Cocky Collins
11. Heinie Wagner
12. Harry Lord
13. A.L. Outfield
14. The Georgia Peach
15. The Grey Eagle
16. Wahoo Sam
17. The American League Squad
18. Matty
19. The Peerless Leader
20. Crab
21. The Flying Dutchman
22. Harvard Eddie
23. Mooney
24. N.L. Outfield
25. Mike Mitchell
26. Wee Tommy
27. Cap
28. The National League Squad
29. Which Team?
' 30. Mac & Mac
31. The Managers
32. Ee-Yah
33. The Reverend
34. Get It Done
35. Wabash George
36. The 1909 Season
37. What was Clarke Thinking?
38. Was Stanage Hurt?
39. Rain and Wind
40. "Hey Krauthead"
41. Not on Sunday
42. Divided Interest
43. Never in Doubt
44. Getting Ready
45. Goose Eggs
46. Ty Faces Matty
47. An Out Is An Out Is An Out
48. It Ain't Fair
49. That Cheap Trick Ever Work?
50. The Growl of a Mastiff
51. Big George on a Roll
52. Daring to the Point of Dementia
53. A True Original
54. Matty in Charge
55. The Crab Explodes
56. The Runt Can't Hit
57. A One-Man Team
58. He Knew a Little About Great Catches
59. You're Outta Here
60. Does He Ever Look Frustrated?
61. Worth the Price of Admission
62. Of Course He Did
The Box Score
Ty Cobb's Response
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