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  Cover Art: Fifty-nine in '84 : Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had Achorn, Edward
Fifty-nine in '84 : Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had
In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding fifty-nine games—more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series. Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War—a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win. It is the tale, too, of the woman Radbourn loved, Carrie Stanhope, the alluring proprietress of a boarding-house with shady overtones, a married lady who was said to have personally known every man in the National League. Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35709 R 2010
  Cover Art: Curveball : the Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League Ackmann, Martha
Curveball : the Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League
From the time she was a girl growing up in the shadow of Lexington Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Toni Stone knew she wanted to play professional baseball. There was only one problem---every card was stacked against her. Curveball tells the inspiring story of baseball's "female Jackie Robinson," a woman whose ambition, courage, and raw talent propelled her from ragtag teams barnstorming across the Dakotas to playing in front of large crowds at Yankee Stadium. Toni Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain Appel, Martin
Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
Thurman Munson is remembered by fans as the fiercely competitive, tough, and--most of all-- inspiring Yankee captain and champion from the wild Bronx Zoo years. He is also remembered for his tragic death, at age thirty-two, when the private plane he was piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio, on August 2, 1979.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 M928 2009
  Cover Art: Did Babe Ruth Call his Shot? and other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball Aron, Paul
Did Babe Ruth Call his Shot? and other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball
A unique exploration of some of the great mysteries of baseball probes the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the reasons for the Dodger's move to the West Coast, and the explanation behind the Red Sox long dry season, among others.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35709 A
  Cover Art: Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series Asinof, Eliot
Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
Recounts the fixing of the 1919 World Series, covering events from the first meetings between White Sox players and gamblers to the 1921 trial and its aftermath.
1987
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35764 A
  Cover Art: Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee Barra, Allen
Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before, from his childhood in "Dago Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the 1949-53 Yankees, the only team to win five consecutive World Series, to the travails of the '64 pennant race, through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. Features one hundred photos and countless "Yogi-isms."
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 B4493
  Cover Art: The Kid : the Immoral Life of Ted Williams Bradlee, Ben.
The Kid : the Immoral Life of Ted Williams
Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than five hundred home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him, and traveled a long way himself, as this biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his twenty-two years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America, and shocked them, too. His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a god in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: A Moment in Time : an American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace Branca, Ralph
A Moment in Time : an American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace
Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world," the historic home run that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Branca was on the losing end of one of baseball's most thrilling moments, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career. A Moment in Time details the remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a supreme professional embarrassment--but wasn't. Branca came up as a young phenom, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday, the late 1940s, when they dominated the National League. A Moment in Time offers a rare first-person perspective on the golden era of baseball, opening a window on a world populated by legendary characters such as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O'Malley.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Branch Rickey Breslin, Jimmy
Branch Rickey
The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey. In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever. Rickey's is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose deep-seated faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success, earning him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame and in history.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Hero : A Life of Henry Aaron Bryant, Howard
The Last Hero : A Life of Henry Aaron
As the steroid controversy has increasingly tarnished baseball’s image, Hank Aaron’s achievements have come to seem all the more remarkable: the first player to pass Babe Ruth in home runs, Aaron held that record for thirty-three years while shattering other records (RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits) and setting new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times). But his achievements run much deeper than his stats. Chronicling the social up­heavals of the years during which Aaron played (1954 to 1976), Howard Bryant shows us how the dignity and determination with which he stood against racism—on and off the field, and as one of the first blacks in baseball’s upper management—helped transform the role and significance of the pro­fessional black athlete and turn Aaron into an national icon. Eloquently written, detailed, and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of both the great ballplayer and the complicated private man.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Cooperstown Confidential : Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame Chafets, Zev
Cooperstown Confidential : Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
A bold and gutsy look at the dirty side of baseball, which the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY tries to whitewash.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book GV865.A1 C37 2009
  Cover Art: Hack's 191 : Hack Wilson and his Incredible 1930 Season Chastain, Bill
Hack's 191 : Hack Wilson and his Incredible 1930 Season
Hack Wilson's record 191 RBIs as member of the Chicago Cubs in 1930 may well stand the test of time, and so may the record of his hard-drinking lifestyle.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Clemente : the True Legacy of an Undying Hero Clemente family
Clemente : the True Legacy of an Undying Hero
Roberto Clemente got his three-thousandth hit in his last at-bat of the last regular-season game of 1972. On December 31, 1972, he was killed in a plane crash delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was 38yrs old. He was enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame in 1973. Clemente was, as the scouts like to say, a "five-tool" player who could hit, throw, field, run, and hit with power. Though this tribute to him by his family touches on all the important baseball topics, its focus is on Clemente as a husband, father, teammate, and humanitarian. Roberto and his wife, Vera, met in Clemente's native Puerto Rico in 1964. He was famous, and she was shy. It worked out well. He was a devoted family man, and, though he loved playing baseball, he felt his fame and fortune were wasted unless he used them in the service of the less fortunate. There are dozens of black-and-white photographs included here, many previously unseen, from the family's private collection, and they evocatively illustrate the text. A striking tribute to a remarkable man.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg Dawidoff, Nicholas
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
A portrait of Moe Berg describes the colorful, vagabond life of the baseball player and spy, detailing his wartime exploits as an OSS operative gathering information on Hitler's atomic bomb project
1994
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 B4462
  Cover Art: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball Deford, Frank
The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
The early days of baseball are chronicled in this story of the friendship between Christy Mathewson, one of baseball's first superstars, and New York Giants manager John McGraw, in a volume celebrating the centennial of the first World Series in which a New York team played.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35764 D
  Cover Art: Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Eig, Jonathan
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Recounts the life of the Hall of Fame ballplayer whose career was cut short by the disease now commonly called after him, in a portrait that shares details about his rivalry with Babe Ruth, the onset of his illness, and the final years of his life.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 G27
  Cover Art: Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season Eig, Jonathan
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
A chronicle of the 1947 baseball season during which Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier is a sixtieth anniversary tribute based on interviews with Robinson's wife, daughter, and teammates that covers such topics as his relationship with fellow players, the St. Louis Cardinals' proposed boycott of the Dodgers, and Robinson's associate with segregated hotel roommate and sportswriter Wendell Smith.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 R561
  Cover Art: Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series Frost, Mark
Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series
Describing pitch by pitch and inning by inning, Frost breaks down the excitement on the field, but also how each participant came to play in the October thriller. Each player has a story-from Boston's star pitcher Luis Tiant and his humble beginnings, to Cincinnati's rugged, trash-talking third baseman, Pete Rose.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin and Their Colorful Come-from-behind Ball Club Won the World Series and America's Heart During the Great Depression Heidenry, John
The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin and Their Colorful Come-from-behind Ball Club Won the World Series and America's Heart During the Great Depression
In this account of the Gashouse Gang St. Louis native John Heidenry brings a bygone era and a cast full of mythic baseball personalities to life, and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35764 H
  Cover Art: Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend Hirsch, James S.
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend
Authorized by Willie Mays and written by a "New York Times" bestselling author, this is the definitive biography of one of baseball's immortals. Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. With 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades.
2010
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