Montana Baseball History

Author: Skylar Browning
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625855257
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Wild West had nothing on Montana's first baseball games. Fights, booze, cheating and gambling fueled the state's inaugural professional league in 1892. The turn of the century brought star-studded barnstorming tours and threats of bloodshed. Big Sky Country embraced a distinctly different version of the old ballgame, and Montana players who made their way to big league diamonds helped change the sport on and off the field. From the Lewis and Clark expedition to Dave McNally's historic career, award-winning journalist Skylar Browning and researcher Jeremy Watterson reveal Montana's relationship with America's pastime.

The 50 Most Dynamic Duos in Sports History

Author: Robert W. Cohen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0810885565
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Using various selection criteria, The 50 Most Dynamic Duos in Sports History attempts to ascertain which twosome truly established itself as the most dominant tandem in the history of the four major professional team sports: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Arranged and ranked by sport, this work takes an in-depth look at the careers of these 100 men, including statistics, quotes from opposing players and former teammates, and career highlights. Finally, all 50 duos are placed in an overall ranking. Covering every decade since the 1890s, and with photographs of many of the tandems, this book will find widespread appeal among sports fans of all generations.

Tinker to Evers to Chance

Author: David Rapp
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022641518X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Their names were chanted, crowed, and cursed. Alone they were a shortstop, a second baseman, and a first baseman. But together they were an unstoppable force. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance came together in rough-and-tumble early twentieth-century Chicago and soon formed the defensive core of the most formidable team in big league baseball, leading the Chicago Cubs to four National League pennants and two World Series championships from 1906 to 1910. At the same time, baseball was transforming from small-time diversion into a nationwide sensation. Americans from all walks of life became infected with “baseball fever,” a phenomenon of unprecedented enthusiasm and social impact. The national pastime was coming of age. Tinker to Evers to Chance examines this pivotal moment in American history, when baseball became the game we know today. Each man came from a different corner of the country and brought a distinctive local culture with him: Evers from the Irish-American hothouse of Troy, New York; Tinker from the urban parklands of Kansas City, Missouri; Chance from the verdant fields of California’s Central Valley. The stories of these early baseball stars shed unexpected light not only on the evolution of baseball and on the enthusiasm of its players and fans all across America, but also on the broader convulsions transforming the US into a confident new industrial society. With them emerged a truly national culture. This iconic trio helped baseball reinvent itself, but their legend has largely been relegated to myths and barroom trivia. David Rapp’s engaging history resets the story and brings these men to life again, enabling us to marvel anew at their feats on the diamond. It’s a rare look at one of baseball’s first dynasties in action.

American Sports A History of Icons Idols and Ideas 4 volumes

Author: Murry R. Nelson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313397538
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.

Iron Man McGinnity

Author: Don Doxsie
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786453532
Format: PDF
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This biography traces the hard life and colorful career of “Iron Man” McGinnity from his childhood working the coalfields of Illinois to his death in 1929. McGinnity may have been the most durable hurler in the history of the sport, often pitching both games of a doubleheader. He averaged more wins per season in his 10-year major league career than any pitcher in history, and continued to pitch for two more decades in the minor leagues before retiring at 54.

Happy Felsch

Author: Thomas Rathkamp
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786494875
Format: PDF, ePub
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Schooled on the sandlots of Milwaukee, Chicago Black Sox center fielder Oscar "Happy" Felsch (1891-1964) was a rising star who then blew a promising career for a few bucks by participating in the throwing of the 1919 World Series. On the field, Felsch was hitting his peak in 1920, the year the scandal hit the newspapers. His speed, run-producing power and defensive prowess--all attributes that might have garnered consideration by the Hall of Fame--earned comparisons to the great Tris Speaker. Instead, he ended up playing the fallen hero for remote baseball enclaves in Montana and Canada. Did he really play to lose the series or just say that he did out of fear of reprisal by crooked gamblers? Felsch talked about the scandal more than any of the other eight banned players. This book analyzes his three interviews, revealing his ultimate gullibility and greed and rampant contradictions.

Profiles of American Canadian Sports Stadiums and Arenas

Author: Gene W. Knupke
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462836763
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book profiles histories of stadiums and arenas in America and Canada. How they came about and how they became known. Great performances, upsets, anecdotes, pageantry and traditions, all factors that glorifies these venues. Pageantry - Chief Osceloa intimidates Florida State Seminoles foes with flaming spear. Great performances - Don Larsons perfect no hit World Series conquest and UCLAs seven straight national basketball titles. Upsets - Jets downing Baltimore in Super Bowl III. Anecdotes - wrong-way run in football, sex as the main attraction and slinging octopus onto the rink. Statistics on 355 venues, 109 stories and 86 photographs makeup the book.

The Empire Strikes Out

Author: Robert Elias
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595585281
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Is the face of American baseball throughout the world that of goodwill ambassador or ugly American? Has baseball crafted its own image or instead been at the mercy of broader forces shaping our society and the globe? The Empire Strikes Out gives us the sweeping story of how baseball and America are intertwined in the export of “the American way.” From the Civil War to George W. Bush and the Iraq War, we see baseball’s role in developing the American empire, first at home and then beyond our shores. And from Albert Spalding and baseball’s first World Tour to Bud Selig and the World Baseball Classic, we witness the globalization of America’s national pastime and baseball’s role in spreading the American dream. Besides describing baseball’s frequent and often surprising connections to America’s presence around the world, Elias assesses the effects of this relationship both on our foreign policies and on the sport itself and asks whether baseball can play a positive role or rather only reinforce America’s dominance around the globe. Like Franklin Foer in How Soccer Explains the World, Elias is driven by compelling stories, unusual events, and unique individuals. His seamless integration of original research and compelling analysis makes this a baseball book that’s about more than just sports.