The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

By Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

From the 1st novice leagues of the 1860s to the exploits of Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, here's the definitive heritage of baseball in Cuba. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria expertly lines the arc of the sport, intertwining its heroes and their tales with the politics, tune, dance, and literature of the Cuban humans. What emerges is greater than a narrative of balls and moves, yet a richly exact background of Cuba informed from the original cultural perch of the baseball diamond. Filling a void created by way of Cuba's rejection of bullfighting and Spanish hegemony, baseball quick grew to become a vital sew within the complicated social textile of the island. through the early Nineteen Forties Cuba had turn into significant conduit in spreading the sport all through Latin the USA, and a proving floor for a few of the maximum expertise in all of baseball, the place white significant leaguers and Negro League gamers from the U.S. all competed at the related fields with the cream of Latin expertise. certainly, readers may be brought to numerous black ballplayers of Afro-Cuban descent who performed within the significant Leagues sooner than Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier as soon as and for all. frequently dramatic, and continually culturally resonant, Gonzalez Echevarria's narrative expertly lays open the ambiguity of fierce Cuban independence from the U.S. with Cuba's love for our nationwide hobby. It indicates how Fidel Castro cannily linked himself with the game for patriotic p.r.--and finds that his meant baseball expertise is only legendary. in accordance with broad fundamental examine and a wealth of interviews, the colourful, frequently dramatic anecdotes and tales during this exceptional booklet contain the main accomplished historical past of Cuban baseball but released and eventually provides an essential misplaced bankruptcy to the historical past of baseball within the U.S.

Show description

Continue reading

I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story by Lonnie Wheeler, Hank Aaron

By Lonnie Wheeler, Hank Aaron

The guy who shattered Babe Ruth's lifetime domestic run checklist, Henry "Hammering Hank" Aaron left his indelible mark on specialist baseball and the area. however the global additionally left its mark on him.

I Had a Hammer is far greater than the intimate autobiography of 1 of the best names in professional sports--it is an interesting social heritage of twentieth-century the USA. With braveness and candor, Aaron remembers his struggles and triumphs in an environment of virulent racism. He relives the breathtaking second whilst, within the warmth of hatred and controversy, he hit his 715th domestic run to wreck Ruth's loved record--an accomplishment for which Aaron acquired greater than 900,000 letters, a lot of them vicious and racially charged. And his tale keeps in the course of the rest of his milestone-setting, barrier-smashing profession as a participant and, later, Atlanta Braves executive--offering an eye-opening and unforgettable portrait of an incomparable athlete, his game, his epoch, and his international.

Show description

Continue reading

The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of by Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson

By Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson

Due to the fact that its restricted free up simply after the flip of the 20 th century, this American Tobacco cigarette card has beguiled and bedeviled creditors. First pointed out as useful within the Thirties, whilst the total concept of card gathering was once nonetheless younger, the T206 Wagner has remained the large ranking for creditors who've scoured card exhibits, flea markets, property revenues, and auctions for the portrait of baseball's maximum shortstop.

Only a couple of dozen T206 Wagners are recognized to nonetheless exist. such a lot, with their creases, stains, and dog-eared corners, glance worn and tattered, like they've been round for nearly a century. yet one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. due to its sharp corners and its crisp portrait of Honus Wagner, the cardboard has turn into the main recognized and wanted baseball card within the world.

Over the many years, because the Card has replaced arms, its worth has skyrocketed. It was once first and foremost bought for $25,000 through a small card store in a nondescript strip mall. Years later, hockey nice Wayne Gretzky received it on the venerable Sotheby's public sale residence for $451,000. Then, extra lately, it offered for $1.27 million on eBay. this day worthy over $2 million, it has remodeled a sleepy pastime right into a billion-dollar that's now and then as lawless because the Wild West. the cardboard has made males prosperous, definitely, however it has additionally poisoned lifelong friendships and is fraught with controversy—from its doubtful origins and the continual questions about its provenance to the prospect that it's not precisely because it seems.

Now for the 1st time, award-winning investigative newshounds Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson keep on with the path of the cardboard from a Florida flea industry to the arms of the world's such a lot in demand creditors. They delve right into a international of counterfeiters and con males and examine the folk who cash in on what was a kids' hobby, as they bring about to mild ongoing investigations into activities collectibles. O'Keeffe and Thompson additionally study the lifetime of the nice Honus Wagner, a ballplayer whose accomplishments were eclipsed by way of his buying and selling card, and the unusual and engaging lifestyle of activities memorabilia and its brilliant decline.

Intriguing and eye-opening, the cardboard is a ground-breaking examine a uniquely American pastime.

Show description

Continue reading

Abner & Me (Baseball Card Adventures) by Dan Gutman

By Dan Gutman

Cannons are blasting!
Bullets are flying!
Wounded infantrymen are everywhere!

Stosh has time-traveled to 1863, correct into the center of the Civil struggle. In very likely his most fun and positively his most deadly journey but, Stosh has determined to respond to the query all the time: did Abner Doubleday, a Civil battle normal, relatively invent the sport of baseball?

It's all right here: colossal laughs, dramatic motion, quickly baseball video games in the course of a battlefield. you may be blown away via this 6th extraordinary baseball card adventure!

Show description

Continue reading

Babe Ruth's Called Shot: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's by Ed Sherman

By Ed Sherman

Online game 3 of the 1932 international sequence among the Cubs and Yankees stood locked at 4-4. a few 50,000 enthusiasts had accrued at Wrigley box that vivid October day, yet above their roar Ruth heard insults pouring from the Cubs' dugout. He watched a fastball from Cubs pitcher Charlie Root set the count number at 2-2. Agitated, the Bambino made a gesture, conserving out fingers—but what did it suggest? Lou Gehrig heard him name out: "I'm going to knock the subsequent one down your goddamn throat." Then the game's maximum showman pounded Root's subsequent pitch. The ball whizzed earlier the centerfield scoreboard and started its lengthy trip into historical past. directly, the legend of the known as Shot was once born, the talk approximately what Ruth really did nonetheless dividing enthusiasts and activities historians alike greater than eighty years later. Deftly putting the homer within the social and fiscal contexts of the time, Chicago sportswriter Ed Sherman offers us the 1st full-length, in-depth examine one in all baseball's so much celebrated and enduring moments—including the great tales of 2 handheld movies taken by way of fanatics and rediscovered a long time later—and solutions the query: Did Ruth rather name his shot?

Show description

Continue reading

Ball Four: The Final Pitch (RosettaBooks Sports Classics) by Jim Bouton

By Jim Bouton

Ball 4: the ultimate Pitch is the unique booklet plus the entire updates, not like the twentieth Anniversary variation paperback.

When Ball 4 was once released in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was once referred to as a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn attempted to strength Bouton to signal an announcement asserting the ebook wasn’t precise. Ballplayers, so much of whom hadn’t learn it, denounced the ebook. It was once even banned through a number of libraries.

Almost each person else, in spite of the fact that, enjoyed Ball 4. enthusiasts beloved gaining knowledge of that athletes have been genuine people--often wildly humorous humans. Many readers acknowledged it gave them power to get via a tough interval of their lives. critical critics known as it a major document.

David Halberstam, who gained a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a bit in Harper’s that stated of Bouton: “He has written… a publication deep within the American vein, so deep actually that it's under no circumstances a activities book.”

In 1999 Ball 4 was once chosen by way of the hot York Public Library as one of many “Books of the Century.” And Time journal selected it as one of many “100 maximum Non-Fiction” books.

Besides altering just like athletes, the e-book performed a task within the fiscal revolution in seasoned activities. In 1975, Ball 4 used to be authorised as felony proof opposed to the proprietors on the arbitration listening to, which bring about unfastened organization in baseball and, through extension, to different sports.

Today Ball 4 has taken on one other role--as a time tablet of existence within the sixties. “It isn't just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,” says sportswriter Jim Caple. “It's a colourful, humorous, telling historical past of an period that turns out even additional away than 4 many years. to name it easily a “tell all book” is like describing The Grapes of Wrath> as a e-book approximately harvesting peaches in California.”

This publication model of Ball 4 contains the 1st variation, the 1980, 1990 and 2000 updates, and 138 photographs.

Show description

Continue reading

The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History by Robert W. Cohen

By Robert W. Cohen

The ny Yankees are significant League Baseball’s most famed and profitable franchise. Baseball greats corresponding to Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter have all worn the recognized army blue and white pinstripes. The Yankees have received twenty-seven international sequence, and twenty-nine gamers who spent not less than a 12 months with the staff were inducted into the Baseball corridor of repute. With such a lot of corridor of Famers to select from, choosing the right avid gamers within the heritage of the franchise may appear most unlikely; but, that's precisely what Robert W. Cohen has done.

This publication rigorously examines the careers of the avid gamers who made the best effect at the such a lot winning franchise within the background activities. The score was firm in response to such components because the quantity to which every participant further to the Yankees legacy, the measure to which he impacted the fortunes of his workforce, and the extent of dominance he attained whereas donning the yank uniform. beneficial properties of The 50 maximum avid gamers in long island Yankees History include

  • Each player’s extraordinary achievements
  • Recaps of the player’s such a lot memorable performances
  • Summaries of every player’s top season
  • Quotes from opposing avid gamers and previous teammates

Yankees lovers and baseball enthusiasts ordinarily will locate
The 50 maximum avid gamers in big apple Yankees History a desirable number of bios, stats, recaps, costs, and extra. And with such iconic figures as Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, and Andy Pettitte, this booklet is bound to motivate debate and controversy between real Yankees fans.

Show description

Continue reading

Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees' First Dynasty by Daniel R. Levitt

By Daniel R. Levitt

Before the feuding vendors grew to become to Ed Barrow to be common supervisor in 1920, the Yankees had by no means received a pennant. They gained their first in 1921 and through Barrow’s tenure went directly to win 13 extra in addition to ten global sequence. This biography of the incomparable Barrow can be the tale of ways he equipped the main profitable activities franchise in American history.
Barrow spent fifty years in baseball. He used to be in the course of almost each significant clash and held virtually each task other than participant. Daniel R. Levitt describes Barrow's pre-Yankees years, whilst he controlled Babe Ruth and the Boston crimson Sox to their final global sequence Championship earlier than the “curse.” He then info how Barrow assembled a successful Yankees group either via buying gamers outright and through constructing expertise via a farm system.
The tale of the making of the good Yankees dynasty finds Barrow’s genius for organizing, for spotting baseball expertise, and for exploiting the prevailing financial setting. simply because Barrow was once a participant in such a lot of of baseball’s key occasions, his biography supplies a transparent and eye-opening photo of the way America’s activity used to be performed within the 20th century, at the box and stale. a fancy portrait of a larger-than-life personality within the annals of baseball, this ebook can also be an inside of heritage of ways the sport’s aggressive surroundings developed and the way the Yankees got here to dominate it.

Show description

Continue reading