Double No Hit

Author: James W. Johnson
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803271433
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The average pitcher has about a .000645 chance of throwing a no-hitter. In the spring of 1938, Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Johnny Vander Meer pitched two, back to back. The feat has never been duplicated, which comes as no surprise to sports professionals and aficionados alike. Decade after decade, in one poll after another (from Sport magazine, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN),Vander Meer’s consecutive no-hitters turn up as one of baseball’s greatest and most untouchable achievements. Double No-Hit offers an inning-by-inning account of that historic second consecutive no-hitter accomplished during the first night game in New York City, with the Cincinnati Reds facing the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field. James W. Johnson sets the stage and assembles the colorful cast of characters. Highlighting the story with recollections and observations from owners, managers, and players past and present, he fills in the details of Vander Meer’s accomplishment—and his baseball career, which never lived up to expectations heightened by his sensational performance. In the end, Double No-Hit brings to life a bygone era of the national pastime and one shining spring night, June 15, 1938, when a twenty-two-year-old fireballing left-hander with lousy control pitched his way into the top tier of baseball’s record book.

The Middle Atlantic League 1925 1952

Author: William E. Akin
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786497661
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The small and midsized cities of western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia reached their peaks of population and prosperity in the second quarter of the 20th century. The baseball teams from these towns formed the Middle Atlantic League, the strongest circuit in the low minors and the one with the most alumni to advance to the majors. The MAL played from 1925 through 1951 and went through three distinct phases. In the pre-Depression years, communities rallied around the home team, which always stood one step from financial disaster. During the Great Depression, the league flourished as president Elmer Daily magically found investors and night baseball boosted working class attendance. Middle Atlantic League clubs enjoyed a modicum of financial stability and an infusion of outstanding young players and became talent farms for major league teams. During this period Akron, Dayton, Canton, Springfield, Portsmouth and Zanesville, Ohio became the core cities of the league's strongest era. Following World War II, America and baseball experienced seismic cultural and economic shifts with the advent of television, the baby boom, suburban growth and changing family values, which overwhelmed the league and its cities.

The 100 Most Important Sporting Events in American History

Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440835756
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This engaging and informative work highlights the 100 biggest moments in the history of American sports, illustrating powerful connections between sporting events and significant social issues of the time. • Features a timeline highlighting major sports events over time • Includes a list of additional reading resources for each entry • Covers most every sport including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, horse racing, motorsport, and others • Supports common core standards for literacy

Ebbets Field

Author: John G. Zinn
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476600643
Format: PDF
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"The Ebbets Field volume is the second in McFarland's series on historic ballparks. The book combines articles about the park and memories of those who went there. Essay topics include long time Dodger owner Charles Ebbets, Brooklyn at the opening and closing, the first and last Dodger games, black baseball, non-baseball events and statistical analyses"--Provided by publisher.

Big time baseball

Author: Maury Allen
Publisher: Hart Associates
ISBN: 9780805504002
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A potpourri of major league happenings between 1900 and 1978. Includes records, anecdotes, photographs, and biographical information.