One Last Strike

One Last Strike
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN: 0062207539
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Last Strike Book Excerpt:

One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

One Last Strike Enhanced Edition

One Last Strike  Enhanced Edition
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: HarperCollins Australia
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN: 0062231898
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Last Strike Enhanced Edition Book Excerpt:

One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

One Last Strike

One Last Strike
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: William Morrow
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN: 9780062207388
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Last Strike Book Excerpt:

The team that refused to give up their manager in his final season A comeback that changed baseball After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all—that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike—twice. Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating injuries, the bullpen struggles, the crucial games, and the players who made it all possible, he reveals how the team's character shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group came together in good times and in bad to become that rarest of things: a team that actually enjoyed it when the odds were against them. But this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, explains, their season was the culmination of a lifetime spent studying the game. Laying bare his often scrutinized and frequently misunderstood approach to managing, he explains his counterintuitive belief in process over result, present moments over statistics, and team unity over individual talent. Along the way he shares the stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook—from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Setting the record straight on his famously intense style, he explores the vital yet overlooked role that his personal relationships with his players have contributed to his victories, ultimately showing how, in a sport often governed by cold, hard numbers, the secret to his success has been surprisingly human. Speaking candidly about his decision to retire, La Russa discusses the changes that he'd observed both in the game and in himself that told him, despite his success, it was time to hang up his spikes. The end result is a passionate, insightful, and remarkable look at our national pastime that takes you behind the scenes of the comeback that no one thought possible and inside the mind of one of the game's greatest managers.

One Last Strike Fifty Years in Baseball Ten and a Half Games Back and One Final Championship

One Last Strike   Fifty Years in Baseball  Ten and a Half Games Back  and One Final Championship
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2012
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Last Strike Fifty Years in Baseball Ten and a Half Games Back and One Final Championship Book Excerpt:

The legendary baseball manager takes readers behind the scenes of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 season, detailing a journey that resulted in one of the most dramatic World Series of all time.

Baseball Meets the Law

Baseball Meets the Law
Author: Ed Edmonds,Frank G. Houdek
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-02-23
ISBN: 1476664382
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baseball Meets the Law Book Excerpt:

Baseball and law have intersected since the primordial days. In 1791, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, ordinance prohibited ball playing near the town’s meeting house. Ball games on Sundays were barred by a Pennsylvania statute in 1794. In 2015, a federal court held that baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws applied to franchise relocations. Another court overturned the conviction of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice. A third denied a request by rooftop entrepreneurs to enjoin the construction of a massive video screen at Wrigley Field. This exhaustive chronology traces the effects the law has had on the national pastime, both pro and con, on and off the field, from the use of copyright to protect not only equipment but also “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to frequent litigation between players and owners over contracts and the reserve clause. The stories of lawyers like Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Branch Rickey are entertainingly instructive.

St Louis Cardinals Fans Bucket List

St  Louis Cardinals Fans  Bucket List
Author: Dan O'Neill,Adam Wainwright
Publsiher: Triumph Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-05-15
ISBN: 1633194981
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

St Louis Cardinals Fans Bucket List Book Excerpt:

Every St. Louis Cardinals fan has a bucket list of activities to take part in at some point in their lives. But even the most die-hard fans haven't done everything there is to experience in and around St. Louis. From visiting Ballpark Village to learning how to do an Ozzie Smith backflip, author Dan O'Neill provides ideas, recommendations, and insider tips for must-see places and can't-miss activities near Busch Stadium. But not every experience requires a trip to St. Louis; long-distance Cardinals fans can cross some items off their list from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you're attending every home game or supporting the Cards from afar, there's something for every fan to do in The St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List.

The A s

The A s
Author: David M. Jordan
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2014-01-27
ISBN: 0786477814
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The A s Book Excerpt:

This is a straightforward history of the Athletics franchise, from its Connie Mack years in Philadelphia with teams featuring Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove, through its 13 years in Kansas City, under Arnold Johnson and Charles O. Finley, and on to its great years in Oakland--with the three World Series wins featuring Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando and Vida Blue, and the conflicts with Finley--as well as the less successful seasons that followed, then the Series sweep in 1989, and ending up with the unusual operation of the club by Billy Beane.

Boom and Bust in St Louis

Boom and Bust in St  Louis
Author: Jon David Cash
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-07-27
ISBN: 1476638969
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Boom and Bust in St Louis Book Excerpt:

The St. Louis Cardinals, despite winning more World Series than any Major League franchise except for the New York Yankees, have seen their share of dry spells when they were shut out of the postseason. Like the American economy, the Cardinals have seen their fortunes cycle through prolonged ups and downs, with booms in 1885-1888, 1926-1946, 1964-1968, 1982-1987 and 1996-2011, and busts in 1889-1925, 1947-1963, 1969-1981 and 1988-1995. Drawing on years of research, this book chronicles the Cardinals' periods of success and failure and explains the reasons behind them.

If These Walls Could Talk St Louis Cardinals

If These Walls Could Talk  St  Louis Cardinals
Author: Stan McNeal
Publsiher: Triumph Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-05-01
ISBN: 1623688469
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If These Walls Could Talk St Louis Cardinals Book Excerpt:

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of baseball's most storied franchises, and as much a part of St. Louis as Anheuser-Busch and the arch. From Lou Brock to Matt Carpenter, Ozzie Smith to Yadier Molina, Bob Gibson to Adam Wainwright, from Hall of Famers to rookie busts, the Cardinals are beloved in St. Louis. In this book, Stan McNeal provides a closer look at the great moments and the lowlights that have made the Cardinals one of the baseball's keystone teams. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Cardinals, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. This book shares stories behind such Cardinal memories as the little-known clubhouse antics of backup catcher Bob Uecker during the teams' memorable run in the 1960s, the excitement at Busch Stadium in the 1980s as the Cardinals reached the World Series three times, and the elation of the 2006 and 2011 World Series championships.

Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Talking books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Talking Book Topics Book Excerpt:

Pepper Martin

Pepper Martin
Author: Thomas Barthel
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2003-09-09
ISBN: 9780786416028
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pepper Martin Book Excerpt:

Pepper Martin, the "Wild Horse of the Osage," is most famous for having dominated the October 1931 World Series--stealing bases, sliding on his chest, making diving catches, and driving in runs. He also captivated many Americans in the Depression Era with his homegrown honesty and love of pranks. To many, he epitomized the very spirit of baseball. This biography follows Martin's rise from Oklahoma farmboy, buying his first glove with money from a paper route, to being one of America's most successful and beloved professionals. It closes with an account of his coaching career in Florida and his death in 1965, a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a loving grandfather. The work includes accounts of important games and intimate glimpses of his romance with his wife and the arrivals of his daughters. Information is drawn from research on the careers of key players and managers from the Cardinals, back issues of periodicals, and interviews with Don Gutterridge, Martin's teammate.

At Home and Away

At Home and Away
Author: John Kuenster
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 301
Release: 2003-01-01
ISBN: 9780786415595
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At Home and Away Book Excerpt:

Over the course of his long career of covering major league baseball, numerous players, managers, umpires, and games, as well as unexpected and humorous events on and off the field, have made lasting impressions on John Kuenster. This is a selection of essays Kuenster wrote for "Warm Up Tosses," the Baseball Digest column he has written every month since he became editor of the Digest in 1969. He shares his opinions and insights on managers in columns like "Casey Stengel Was One of a Kind" and "George Anderson Still 'Sparky' When Talking Baseball"; history in "President Kennedy, No Stranger to Baseball" and "Baseball's Brightest and Darkest Moments of 1900s"; pitchers in "Here's a Vote for Whitey Ford" and "Complete-Game Pitchers, A Disappearing Breed in the Majors"; umpires in "Umps, Love 'em or Not, They're Vital to the Game"; infielders in "Derek Jeter, Cornerstone of Recent Yankee Championships" and "Third Basemen, Crucial to Winning but Often Overlooked"; outfielders in "Please, No 'Soft Pitches' for Hank Aaron" and "Barry Bonds Had a Season for the Ages"; and catchers in "Many Catchers Struggling through Learning Process". Also included are some of Kuenster's columns about scouts and coaches, team executives, hitting, baseball in general, teams, ball parks, the World Series, humor, and Hall of Famers.

Dodgerland

Dodgerland
Author: Michael Fallon
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2016-04-01
ISBN: 080328831X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dodgerland Book Excerpt:

The 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. The Dodgers' run was a long time in the making after years of struggle and featured many homegrown players who went on to noteworthy or Hall of Fame careers, including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Steve Yeager. Dodgerland is the story of those memorable teams as Chavez Ravine began to change, baseball was about to enter a new era, and American culture experienced a shift to the "me" era. Part journalism, part social history, and part straight sportswriting, Dodgerland is told through the lives of four men, each representing different aspects of this L.A. story. Tom Lasorda, the vocal manager of the Dodgers, gives an up-close view of the team's struggles and triumphs; Tom Fallon, a suburban small-business owner, witnesses the Dodgers' season and the changes to California's landscape--physical, social, political, and economic; Tom Wolfe, a chronicler of California's ever-changing culture, views the events of 1977-78 from his Manhattan writer's loft; and Tom Bradley, Los Angeles's mayor and the region's most dominant political figure of the time, gives a glimpse of the wider political, demographic, and economic forces that affected the state at the time. The boys in blue drew baseball's focus in those two seasons, but the intertwining narratives tell a larger story about California, late 1970s America, and great promise unrealized.

The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball

The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball
Author: William F. McNeil
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 239
Release: 2006-03-15
ISBN: 0786424680
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball Book Excerpt:

"The author discusses the changes in rules that helped mold baseball into its modern form, and discusses innovators, early stars, and modern day standouts. The book explores rule changes, adaptations to pitching and pitching strategies, and the effect ofp

Bill James Handbook 2016

Bill James Handbook 2016
Author: Bill James
Publsiher: ACTA Publications
Total Pages: 580
Release: 2015-11-05
ISBN: 0879466391
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bill James Handbook 2016 Book Excerpt:

Here is the first-to-market, most comprehensive, and most fun annual reference guide to the complete lifetime stats on every player in the majors in 2015. New sections include “On the Black” analysis of how often specific pitchers hit the corners of the plate and “Times to First Base” on how fast specific batters get to first on balls in play. And, of course, there will be first projections on what players can be expected to do next season in every facet of the game.

Baseball s Pivotal Era 1945 1951

Baseball s Pivotal Era  1945 1951
Author: William Marshall
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2014-10-17
ISBN: 0813158796
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baseball s Pivotal Era 1945 1951 Book Excerpt:

With personal interviews of players and owners and with over two decades of research in newspapers and archives, Bill Marshall tells of the players, the pennant races, and the officials who shaped one of the most memorable eras in sports and American history. At the end of World War II, soldiers returning from overseas hungered to resume their love affair with baseball. Spectators still identified with players, whose salaries and off-season employment as postmen, plumbers, farmers, and insurance salesmen resembled their own. It was a time when kids played baseball on sandlots and in pastures, fans followed the game on the radio, and tickets were affordable. The outstanding play of Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Don Newcombe, Warren Spahn, and many others dominated the field. But perhaps no performance was more important than that of Jackie Robinson, whose entrance into the game broke the color barrier, won him the respect of millions of Americans, and helped set the stage for the civil rights movement. Baseball's Pivotal Era, 1945-1951 also records the attempt to organize the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Mexican League's success in luring players south of the border that led to a series of lawsuits that almost undermined baseball's reserve clause and antitrust exemption. The result was spring training pay, uniform contracts, minimum salary levels, player representation, and a pension plan--the very issues that would divide players and owners almost fifty years later. During these years, the game was led by A.B. "Happy" Chandler, a hand-shaking, speech-making, singing Kentucky politician. Most owners thought he would be easily manipulated, unlike baseball's first commissioner, the autocratic Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Instead, Chandler's style led one owner to complain that he was the "player's commissioner, the fan's commissioner, the press and radio commissioner, everybody's commissioner but the men who pay him."

Baseball s Greatest Series

Baseball s Greatest Series
Author: Chris Donnelly
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-01-15
ISBN: 9780813549132
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Baseball s Greatest Series Book Excerpt:

Baseball's Greatest Series details what many believe to be the most exciting postseason series in baseball history: the 1995 Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners. This division series was not simply about two teams playing five postseason games. It was about Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter, Gene Michael, Jim Leyritz, Randy Johnson, Wade Boggs, Tony Fernandez, Pat Kelly, Dion James, Darryl Strawberryùand many others who changed the course of baseball history . . . A team playing to keep baseball alive in the Pacific Northwest A manager who was literally managing for his job A New York sports icon who for one week reminded everybody of the dominating player he had been a decade earlier Chris Donnelly's replay of this entire season reminds readers that it was a time when grown men cried their eyes out after defeat, and others, just a few hundred feet away, poured beer and champagne over one another while 57,000 people in Seattle's Kingdome celebrated. Five games they were. Five games that reminded people, after the devastating players' strike in 1994, how great a game baseball is because comebacks are always possible, no matter how great the obstacles may seem. From Don Mattingly's only postseason home run, which caused a near riot, to Edgar Martinez's legendary eleventh inning series-clinching double, Donnelly chronicles the earlier struggles of both teams during the 1980s, their mid-1990s resurgence, all five heart-stopping games of the series, and the dramatic and long-lasting effects of Seattle's victory. Simply stated, Baseball's Greatest Series hits a home run.

The Value of History

The Value of History
Author: Paul Frank Beisbier
Publsiher: Page Publishing Inc
Total Pages: 910
Release: 2020-11-09
ISBN: 1645446387
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Value of History Book Excerpt:

The work that is about to be surveyed by the reader represents decades of painstaking work to provide him or her with the most positive and freshest perspective with respect to what the discipline of history teaches him or her to improve the quality of not only his or her daily life but also those of all other whom he or she comes into contact with. This task is accomplished when he or she becomes aware of the fact that the greatest possible good can only be achieved through the promotion of the

The Court imposed Major League Baseball Antitrust Exemption

The Court imposed Major League Baseball Antitrust Exemption
Author: United States,United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 211
Release: 1996
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Antitrust law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Court imposed Major League Baseball Antitrust Exemption Book Excerpt:

The Page Fence Giants

The Page Fence Giants
Author: Mitch Lutzke
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2018-04-15
ISBN: 1476632731
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Page Fence Giants Book Excerpt:

The Page Fence Giants, an all-star black baseball club sponsored by a woven-wire fence company in Adrian, Michigan, graced the diamond in the 1890s. Formed through a partnership between black and white boosters, the team's respectable four-year run was an early integration success--before integration was phased out decades ahead of Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut, and the growing Jim Crow sentiment blocked the Page Fence Giant's best talent from the major leagues. This book tells the the story of a long-ignored team at the close of the 19th century, whose Hall of Famer second baseman Sol White was but one of their best players.