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Jennifer L. said:
Achorn focuses on Charles "old Hoss" Radbourn one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history that most of today's fans, including this one, know nothing about.Achorn takes us back to a time when starting pitchers were expected to play the entire game and to pitch often, sometimes on consecutive days and sometimes even both ends of a doubleheader, as Radbourn pitching for the Providence, R.I. Grays did on Memorial Day (1884)winning both. Radbourn pitched 73 complete games and won 59 of them in 1884. An enjoyable and extremely eductional story about a time in baseball many fans know little or nothing about.
posted Oct 6, 2010 at 7:05PM
Avatar for Darrel N Darrel N said:
I recently finished reading this terrific book. For all baseball fans who have dared to argue the unanswerable question - who was the best pitcher in MLB history? - I submit the name of Charles Radbourn. Written by Edward Alchorn, this book would have to be considered a landmark achievement in recorded baseball history. Such a season as ’Old Hoss’ Radbourn had needed to be told and Alchorn had done a remarkable - even incredible - job of researching the facts and telling that story here. He also vividly recreates the era of bare-handed baseball, the men who played it, the people who became MLB’s original ’fanatics’ and the differing layers of public perception of professional baseball at that time in American history. While this book may not appeal to the average baseball fan, any fan that wants to understand the development of baseball from it early roots as a fledgling professional sport to it’s current recognized state as ’America’s Favorite Pastime’, this book will definitely provide some clear insight and pique your interest for more baseball historical reading.
posted Aug 10, 2012 at 9:53AM
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