Middle Innings

Middle Innings
Author: Dean A. Sullivan
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2001-02-01
ISBN: 9780803292833
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Middle Innings Book Excerpt:

Dean A. Sullivan presents a fascinating array of provocative, unexpected, and illuminating materials that reveal the rich history of baseball. The 105 pieces in this work cover such topics as the Merkle Boner, Jim Thorpe, Christy Mathewson, the Black Sox scandal, Lou Gehrig, the death of Ray Chapman, Ty Cobb, Dizzy Dean, and more from the storied major leagues. Lesser-known treasures celebrate semipro teams, boys' baseball fiction, Japanese baseball, college ball, black baseball, the minor leagues, women's teams, and other facets of the wonderful game of baseball.

Indiana Born Major League Baseball Players

Indiana Born Major League Baseball Players
Author: Pete Cava
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-10-02
ISBN: 1476622701
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Indiana Born Major League Baseball Players Book Excerpt:

Indiana boasts a rich baseball tradition, with 10 native sons enshrined in Cooperstown. This biographical dictionary provides a close look at the lives of all 364 Hoosier big leaguers, who include New York City’s first baseball superstar; the first rookie pitcher to win three games in a World Series; the man who caught most of Cy Young’s record 511 career wins; one of the game’s first star relievers; the player who held the record for consecutive games played before Lou Gehrig; an obscure infielder mentioned in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip; baseball’s only one-legged pitcher; Indiana’s first Mr. Basketball, who became one of baseball’s greatest pinch-hitters; the first African American to play for the Cincinnati Reds; the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series; the skipper of the 1969 “Miracle Mets”; the pitcher for whom a ground-breaking surgical procedure is named; and the only two men to have played in both the World Series and the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Glimpses of Glory

Glimpses of Glory
Author: Ron Gawthorp
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2012-08-01
ISBN: 1477143513
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Glimpses of Glory Book Excerpt:

Ron Gawthorp is a semi-retired author who now lives in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. A veteran writer of some renown in community newspapers early in his life, he has returned to writing after working in the oilfi elds. His fi rst novel, Richer Than The Rockefellers, refl ected life in the oilfields of Illinois, his native state. Glimpses of Glory is his first published non-fiction work. In it he has tediously reconstructed the forgotten career of a professional baseballer from the roaring twenties through the depression. "Baseball was a lot different when it started than it is today. These men were the pioneers of the sport. I think it important to remember how they lived," the author says. "They worked hard, played hard and gave the game the grit it needed to survive. I especially hope young readers will take note of the way grew." Gawthorp says that over the years he has stumbled into a lot of stories he was unable to publish. "Some are book worthy and some are still only short stories, fi ction and nonfiction, but I am still looking to put them on the public plate. I am being much assisted by technological advances in the publishing field. The Good Lord willing and the electric stays on the grid, I've got enough to keep me busy." The author is an avid history buff and loves visiting historic locations, research and learning. He lived 22 years in West Virginia before retiring "just over the mountain" to Millboro, VA.

Pitching to the Pennant

Pitching to the Pennant
Author: Joseph Wancho,Rick Huhn,Leonard Levin,Bill Nowlin,Steve Johnson
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 346
Release: 2014-04-01
ISBN: 0803254717
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pitching to the Pennant Book Excerpt:

The 1954 Cleveland Indians were one of the most remarkable baseball teams of all time. Their record for most wins (111) fell only when the baseball schedule expanded, and their winning percentage, an astounding .721, is still unsurpassed in the American League. Though the season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in the World Series, the 1954 team remains a favorite among Cleveland fans and beyond. Pitching to the Pennant commemorates the ’54 Indians with a biographical sketch of the entire team, from the “Big Three” pitching staff (Mike Garcia and future Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Early Wynn), through notable players such as Bobby Avila, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, and Al Rosen, to manager Al Lopez, his coaches, and the Indians’ broadcast team. There are also stories about Cleveland Stadium and the 1954 All-Star Game (which the team hosted), as well as a season timeline and a firsthand account of Game One of the World Series at the Polo Grounds. Pitching to the Pennant features the superb writing and research of members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), making this book a must for all Indians fans and baseball aficionados.

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League
Author: Amy Essington
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2018-06
ISBN: 1496207092
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League Book Excerpt:

While Jackie Robinson’s 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers made him the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era, the rest of Major League Baseball was slow to integrate while its Minor League affiliates moved faster. The Pacific Coast League (PCL), a Minor League with its own social customs, practices, and racial history, and the only legitimate sports league on the West Coast, became one of the first leagues in any sport to completely desegregate all its teams. Although far from a model of racial equality, the Pacific Coast states created a racial reality that was more diverse and adaptable than in other parts of the country. The Integration of the Pacific Coast League describes the evolution of the PCL beginning with the league’s differing treatment of African Americans and other nonwhite players. Between the 1900s and the 1930s, team owners knowingly signed Hawaiian players, Asian players, and African American players who claimed that they were Native Americans, who were not officially banned. In the post–World War II era, with the pressures and challenges facing desegregation, the league gradually accepted African American players. In the 1940s individual players and the local press challenged the segregation of the league. Because these Minor League teams integrated so much earlier than the Major Leagues or the eastern Minor Leagues, West Coast baseball fans were the first to experience a more diverse baseball game.

Tulsa Baseball History 2022 Edition

Tulsa Baseball History  2022 Edition
Author: Elven Lindblad
Publsiher: Elven Lindblad
Total Pages: 317
Release: 2022-05-01
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tulsa Baseball History 2022 Edition Book Excerpt:

Tulsa’s longest relationship with any professional sport has been with baseball. And that love affair with its minor league teams has endured its share of peaks and valleys, of passionate embraces, periods of frustration and despair and joyous celebrations. Baseball and Tulsa are currently living “happily ever after” with record-setting season attendance figures, more frequent appearances in postseason playoffs, having one of the finest stadiums on the Double-A level and its new partnership with one of baseball’s most prestigious organizations, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ten major league teams, from powerhouses such as the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals to the woeful St. Louis Browns, have placed developmental teams in Tulsa with varying degrees of success. Minor league baseball has connected with fans around the world and ranging in age three to 103 and Tulsa is certainly no exception. In addition to ticket and concession prices that are easier on the wallet and players who don’t carry cocky attitudes often found in other professional sports, minor league baseball teams have always struck gold with plenty of clever and family-friendly promotions. Back in the 1950s, there were the Oiler Frolics where the baseball players presented amateur talent shows and “talent” was sorely lacking. Youngsters flocked to grocery stores during the 1960s hoping to buy 16-ounce bottles of Pepsi-Cola that had autographed Oiler trading cards as part of a contest. Nowadays, kids and grandkids eagerly await a chance between innings to run across the outfield grass in pursuit of the Drillers’ big blue brahma bull mascot named Hornsby at a certain time during weekday home games or circle the bases just like their heroes following Sunday afternoon home games. Most people, when stopped at Woodland Hills Mall, probably couldn’t name three Tulsa Driller players if asked. But ask those same three people if they’ve been to a game at ONEOK Field and their response, in so many words, is how enjoyable it was and that they can’t wait to go there again. For many years, a sign at the bottom of the entrance to the rickety and termite-infested Oiler Park had signs proclaiming it to be the proving ground for future stars of the St. Louis Cardinals. This book tells the story of men who wore the uniforms of Tulsa’s professional baseball teams and their contributions to the city’s sports history. It also tells the story of opposing players and other men who came through town and left their mark on the sport, for better or for worse. You can read about … How a crude invention by the manager of the 1966 Tulsa Oilers opened up baseball to be played and enjoyed by young boys and girls around the world. How a fan got fed up with constant booing from others nearby and his response was a yell that became a battle cry for Tulsa baseball fans. How a stadium usher at a 1923 home game helped a shorthanded umpiring crew and then become involved in some of major league baseball’s memorable events during the 1930s and 1940s. What happened when future Hall of Fame players and managers visited the Oil Capital of the World for exhibition games. How the Oilers and their home stadium were involved in one of America’s darkest hours, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. An exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals played in a college football stadium with softball-like ground rules. Nine men with Tulsa connections are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Two teams comprised of young teenagers who became Babe Ruth League national champions along with the only Tulsa teams to reach the Little League World Series. And how the 1966 Oilers lost nine games in a row and, incredibly, strengthened its hold on first place. It’s a glorious day so let’s do what the home plate umpire just said… Play ball.

Border Wars

Border Wars
Author: K. Adam Powell
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 419
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780810848399
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Border Wars Book Excerpt:

An in-depth look at the players, games, and moments that have shaped the first half-century of ACC football, this compendium covers every detail from its five national Championship teams to the scandals that have rocked programs at Clemson and Florida State. The book also includes the coaching records and season standings of ACC football teams from 1953 to 2002.

The Millers and the Saints

The Millers and the Saints
Author: Rex D. Hamann
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2014-10-21
ISBN: 1476615993
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Millers and the Saints Book Excerpt:

Chronicling the 1902-1960 rivalry between the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints, this book focuses on the 18 seasons during which one or the other of the Twin City rivals captured the American Association championship. Each chapter includes an introduction explaining the general status of the pennant-winning team--including biographical information on key players--followed by detailed game accounts and a season summary with critical statistics. Written in the present tense, the game accounts are the meat of the book, immersing the reader in the action of baseball as it was played decades ago. Woven into the game accounts are items of interest--player inquiries, team standings in the pennant race--which help the reader develop a range of viewpoints.

The Louisville Baseball Almanac

The Louisville Baseball Almanac
Author: Philip Von Borries
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-07-16
ISBN: 1614232733
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Louisville Baseball Almanac Book Excerpt:

Though long associated with fine bourbons, riverboats and champion Thoroughbreds, Louisville, Kentucky, is home to another icon--the Louisville slugger. The Louisville Baseball Almanac presents the first-ever comprehensive look at the rich history of professional teams, ballplayers and managers, a history that runs deep within the city. Originally a major-league city that won a pennant in 1890, the early Louisville teams gave rise to a host of legends and eccentrics, in equal measure. And ever since, Louisville has maintained a strong position in baseball history as a top-flight minor league city. Red Sox, Yankee, Dodger, Reds and Cardinals fans--baseball fans --have Louisville to thank for launching the careers of some of the game's most memorable players. Louisville baseball historian Philip Von Borries recounts the breadth of Louisville's ballplaying heritage, his text complemented by numerous vintage photographs.

Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings

Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings
Author: Lou Hernandez
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2018-11-26
ISBN: 1476675260
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings Book Excerpt:

 Roberto "Bobby" Maduro (1916-1986) was a visionary baseball team owner and executive. His dedication to promoting the game internationally from the 1950s through the 1970s remains unrivaled. He headed Havana-based clubs in the Cuban Winter League and teams in the U.S. minor leagues, which helped brand Caribbean baseball in the eyes of North American fans. He co-built the first million-dollar ballpark in Latin America. His Havana stadium was confiscated by Castro's revolution, along with all his accumulated wealth. Maduro began a new life in exile in the U.S., first as a minor league owner, then as a front office executive. He founded the short-lived Inter-American League in 1979, composed of five Caribbean-basin teams and one U.S. entry from his adopted hometown of Miami. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said of his many achievements, "No one was more dedicated, more knowledgeable or more concerned about the game than Bobby Maduro."

Canadian Minor League Baseball

Canadian Minor League Baseball
Author: Jon C. Stott
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2022-01-25
ISBN: 1476645000
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Canadian Minor League Baseball Book Excerpt:

During 75 seasons of baseball (1946-2020), 71 teams in 21 minor leagues represented 35 Canadian cities, playing either under the aegis of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (called Minor League Baseball since 1999) or independently. Sixteen teams operated for less than a year, including the eight teams of the Canadian Baseball League of 2003. Another 14 lasted three seasons or less. Seven have played continuously for 20 years or more, among them the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent Northern League and American Association, with 27 consecutive seasons since 1994. Chronicling their year-by-year fortunes, this history includes accounts of individual award winners, former Negro League players and future Hall-of-Famers, and traces of the rise and fall of independent league teams and the exodus of Canadian teams to the U.S.

The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball 2d ed

The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball  2d ed
Author: Jonathan Fraser Light
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 1112
Release: 2016-03-25
ISBN: 1476617449
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball 2d ed Book Excerpt:

More than any other sport, baseball has developed its own niche in America’s culture and psyche. Some researchers spend years on detailed statistical analyses of minute parts of the game, while others wax poetic about its players and plays. Many trace the beginnings of the civil rights movement in part to the Major Leagues’ decision to integrate, and the words and phrases of the game (for example, pinch-hitter and out in left field) have become common in our everyday language. From AARON, HENRY onward, this book covers all of what might be called the cultural aspects of baseball (as opposed to the number-rich statistical information so widely available elsewhere). Biographical sketches of all Hall of Fame players, owners, executives and umpires, as well as many of the sportswriters and broadcasters who have won the Spink and Frick awards, join entries for teams, owners, commissioners and league presidents. Advertising, agents, drafts, illegal substances, minor leagues, oldest players, perfect games, retired uniform numbers, superstitions, tripleheaders, and youngest players are among the thousands of entries herein. Most entries open with a topical quote and conclude with a brief bibliography of sources for further research. The whole work is exhaustively indexed and includes 119 photographs.

Billy Southworth

Billy Southworth
Author: John C. Skipper
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2013-04-02
ISBN: 0786468475
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Billy Southworth Book Excerpt:

Billy Southworth was the most successful major league baseball manager of the 1940s including the three straight years in which his St. Louis Cardinal teams won more than 100 games. He won three National League pennants with the Cardinals and one with the Boston Braves, and his .597 winning percentage is the fifth highest in baseball history. But Southworth was dogged by demons off the field, including the deaths of three children. On the field, his achievements were minimized by many because they occurred during the war years when the baseball talent level was below par. When he finally got top recognition, being elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007, the honor occurred 38 years after his death.

Sports around the World History Culture and Practice 4 volumes

Sports around the World  History  Culture  and Practice  4 volumes
Author: John Nauright
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 1848
Release: 2012-04-06
ISBN: 159884301X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sports around the World History Culture and Practice 4 volumes Book Excerpt:

This multivolume set is much more than a collection of essays on sports and sporting cultures from around the world: it also details how and why sports are played wherever they exist, and examines key charismatic athletes from around the world who have transcended their sports. • Nearly 900 entries cover most aspects of sport from around the world • Contributions from more than 200 distinguished scholars, such as Mark Dyreson, Henning Eichberg, Malcolm MacLean, S.W. Pope, and Rob Ruck • Entries on players, stadiums, arenas, famous games and matches, major scandals, and disasters • Lists of Olympic medalists for all events since 1896 as well as lists of winners of major events such as the FIFA World Cup and MLB World Series • Further reading selections provide direction for in-depth analysis of each event, sport, personality, or issue discussed

Last Seasons in Havana

Last Seasons in Havana
Author: César Brioso
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-03
ISBN: 1496205510
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Last Seasons in Havana Book Excerpt:

"Last Seasons in Havana" explores how Castro's rise to power forever altered the future of Cuba and the course of a sport that had been ingrained in the island's culture for almost a century"--

A Short History of Denver

A Short History of Denver
Author: Stephen J. Leonard,Thomas J. Noel
Publsiher: University of Nevada Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN: 0874170036
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Short History of Denver Book Excerpt:

A Short History of Denver covers more than 150 years of Denver’s rich history. The book recounts the takeover of Native American lands, the founding of small towns on the South Platte River at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and the creation of a city, which by 1890 was among the nation’s major western urban centers. Leonard and Noel tell the stories of powerful economic and political leaders such as John Evans, Horace Tabor, and David Moffat, and delve into the contributions of women, including Elizabeth Byers and Margaret (Molly) Brown. The book also recognizes the importance of the city’s ethnic communities, including African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and many others. A Short History of Denver portrays the city’s twentieth-century ups and downs, including the City Beautiful movement, political corruption, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Here readers will find the meat and potatoes of economic and political history and much more, including sports history, social history, and the history of metropolitan-wide efforts to preserve the past.

Congressional Record

Congressional Record
Author: United States. Congress
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2008
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Congressional Record Book Excerpt:

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)

The New York Yankees All Time All Stars

The New York Yankees All Time All Stars
Author: Jim Griffin
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2019-08-29
ISBN: 1493038184
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New York Yankees All Time All Stars Book Excerpt:

Let’s say you’re the manager of the most successful professional baseball team in history, with every past and current player available on your bench. Game time is approaching and the ump needs your line-up card. Who’s your starting pitcher? Crafty Whitey Ford, lights-out Ron Guidry, or a big-game right-hander? Is Munson behind the plate or Yogi? Who’ll bat clean-up? Who’s your DH? Combining statistical analysis, common sense, and a host of intangibles, Jim Griffin constructs an all-time All-Star Yankee line-up for the ages. Agree with his choices or not, you’ll learn all there is to know about the men who played for and managed the winning-est baseball team of all time.

Grand Junction s Juco World Series

Grand Junction s Juco World Series
Author: Myles Schrag
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN: 9780738532202
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grand Junction s Juco World Series Book Excerpt:

Grand Junction accepted a formidable challenge in hosting the fledgling national junior college baseball tournament in 1959. Nearly half a century later, the JUCO World Series and the city of Grand Junction are inextricably linked in one of the country's longest running baseball tournaments. Dedicated leaders and a supportive community have allowed young stars Kirby Puckett, Curt Schilling, David Wells, Eric Gagne, and many others to enjoy this gem of an event on Colorado's Western Slope. Grand Junction's JUCO World Series chronicles the tourney's humble beginnings and lets the reader discover this American tradition that combines local pride with high quality baseball.

Baseball in Minnesota

Baseball in Minnesota
Author: Stew Thornley
Publsiher: Minnesota Historical Society
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780873515511
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baseball in Minnesota Book Excerpt:

From the early days of town ball to the latest seasons of the Twins and Saints, Stew Thornley offers the ultimate history of the Great American Pastime in the North Star State.