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Clark Griffith

Author : Ted Leavengood
ISBN : 9780786486267
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Famed Washington sportswriter Shirley Povich once said that Clark Griffith’s life was a true Horatio Alger story. Born in a frontier log cabin in Missouri in 1869, Griffith enjoyed a successful 64-year career in baseball that ended with his death in 1955. He spent 20 seasons as a major league pitcher, another 20 seasons as a manager—including five as the first manager of the New York Yankees—and 35 years as owner of the Washington Senators, where he won three American League pennants and the 1924 World Series. One of the game’s greatest ambassadors, Griffith made his lasting mark as a labor leader and as one of the founders of the American League in 1901. This biography chronicles the Old Fox’s long life in baseball, revealing in the process a vast trove of sporting history and illuminating the changing landscape of both baseball and American culture.

Clark Griffith Baseball S Statesman

Author : Brian McKenna
ISBN : 9780557472956
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Full-length biography of baseball Hall of Famer Clark Griffith, famed pitcher, manager and executive whose career spanned eight decades from the 1880s until his death in 1955.Clark Griffith was an integral part of much of the early history of the major leagues. His accomplishments within the game were varied: winning pitcher in over 230 games; unionizating; relief pitching; a founder of the American League; pennant-winning manager; integration; founder of the New York Yankees; long-time manager, executive and owner of the Washington Senators.

Baseball In Washington

Author : Frank Ceresi
ISBN : 0738514209
Genre : History
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Dubbed "America's Game" by Walt Whitman, baseball has been enjoyed in our nation's capital by everyone from young boys playing street stickball to Presidents throwing out the inaugural first pitch of the season. Just 13 years after Alexander Cartwright codified baseball's rules, the Washington Nationals Baseball Club formed and in 1867 toured the country spreading the "baseball gospel." By 1901 the team became one of the first eight major league teams in the newly formed American League. Players such as Walter Johnson, probably the greatest pitcher of all time, and other Senators under the stewardship of owner Clark Griffith successfully led the club in 1924 to what many consider to be the most exciting World Series in baseball history. Later, the Homestead Grays played at Griffith Stadium and fielded a team featuring legendary Negro League greats such as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. The powerhouse Grays, during a ten-year span, won nine Negro League World Championships, a record that may never be equaled in any team sport again. When the Grays disbanded, the original Senators left for Minnesota in 1960, and the expansion Senators of the 1960s relocated, the city was left without a professional baseball team. While many feared that baseball in D.C. was over, a spirit remained on the diamond and is still felt today as children and adults team up in one way or another to play the national pastime in the nation's capital. Hopes for a new professional team linger, and those remembering baseball's heyday will enjoy this extensive and unusual collection ofhistoric photos that celebrate a time when the crowds roared and Washingtonians believed that the summer game would never end.

Jimmy Collins

Author : Charlie Bevis
ISBN : 9780786492329
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This first book-length biography of Jimmy Collins examines the life of an intensely private, business-oriented ballplayer who was the first third baseman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Collins’ life is covered in depth from his early years growing up in Buffalo, through his 14-year major league baseball career 1895–1908 primarily in Boston, to his post-baseball life as a real estate investor. This book sheds new light on Collins’ motivations to leverage his baseball success—which included leading Boston to victory in the first modern-day World Series in 1903—into lucrative baseball contracts to fund his real estate investments. When he led the Boston Americans to successive American League championships in 1903 and 1904, Collins was instrumental in the foundation of today’s highly successful Boston Red Sox franchise and its intense rivalry with the New York Yankees.

Bill Stern S Favorite Baseball Stories

Author : Bill Stern
ISBN : 9781787204775
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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AT BAT—WITH BILL STERN Baseball is a game rooted deep in the heart of America. I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid old enough to yell: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!” As long as I can remember, I’ve been hearing stories of baseball...fascinating tales of fabulous heroes from a land where the sun always shines and men never grow old...curious legends that grew stranger with age...yarns that have been handed down with the years as treasured lore. As I grew older, and fate cast me in the rôle of a radio sports reporter and storyteller, I’ve been fortunate to meet many of the heroes, old and new—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Leo Durocher, Ted Williams, Bobby Feller and Joe DiMaggio, to name but a handful who have paraded before my microphone. And each in his way has enriched my collection of diamond stories. Of the countless stories I’ve heard from baseball men, I’ve treasured a number to hold, keep and remember. However, a storyteller who has been sharing his most interesting stories with millions of people finds it difficult to be miserly. Hence, I’ve chosen my favorites and offer them in print to all my fans for a generous dose of the romance, the glamour, the color, the thrills, the drama, the comedy, and the nostalgia that are all part of this game called baseball. Maybe I’ll score with some and get shut out on others but here they are just as I treasure them in my sports memory book—my favorite baseball stories.

Washington Baseball Fan S Little Book Of Wisdom

Author : Frederic J. Frommer
ISBN : 1589792750
Genre : Reference
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Baseball is returning to our nation's capital, and in due fashion, the team has recently announced its name--the Washington D.C. Nationals. Frommer has assembled engaging trivia and inspirational anecdotes from D.C.'s baseball past.

Beyond The Shadow Of The Senators

Author : Brad Snyder
ISBN : 0071442677
Genre : History
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The enthralling true story of the greatest baseball team ever forgotten In a time when the country was divided into black and white, our soldier boys battled against the evils in Europe, and war-weary Americans gathered around green fields to forget their troubles in the joys of our national pastime, the greatest baseball dynasty you've probably never heard of electrified the game and set an unstoppable revolution in motion. So begins the fascinating and often surprising story of the Homestead Grays, the Negro League's most successful franchise, and how the fight to integrate baseball began not in Brooklyn with Jackie Robinson but in our nation's capital. During the first half of the twentieth century, Washington, D.C., was a segregated Southern town. Black and white Washingtonians lived in separate worlds--until those worlds collided at Griffith Stadium. Standing in the heart of a thriving black district, the park played host to the white Washington Senators and, when the Senators were out of town, the Homestead Grays. There, the best team in the Negro Leagues reigned victorious on the same field where one of the worst teams in the all-white majors struck out again and again. Although white fans never caught on, tens of thousands of loyal black fans flocked to watch the great Grays. On those sun-bright stadium afternoons, the wall of segregation fell away; the fans sat wherever they wanted--and, together with their number-one team and a host of heroes, they transformed our nation's capital into the front lines of the campaign to integrate major-league baseball. In this transcendent account, the author gracefully unfolds the true story behind this bold adventure, taking you back to those front lines, where intriguing characters such as journalists Sam Lacy and Wendell Smith fought doggedly for integration; the Negro Leagues' most celebrated sluggers, Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, gave the major-league superstars a run for their money; and club owner Clark Griffith, mired in prejudice and greed, thwarted integration at every turn. Through numerous interviews with key players (many now deceased), a treasure trove of archival material, and dozens of unpublished historical photos, the author masterfully pieces together the lost legend of how the fight to integrate baseball really began, bearing witness at last to the greatest legends of black baseball and opening the book on a forgotten chapter in American history. "This is the story of the lost era between the Babe and Jackie, of a crusading journalist named Sam Lacy, an immensely talented black ballplayer named Buck Leonard, and a stubborn major league owner named Clark Griffith. It's the story of why the fight to integrate major league baseball began in Washington and not in Brooklyn, why black Washington ultimately lost the fight, and why the Senators were not the first team to integrate. And it's the story of the greatest baseball dynasty that most people have never heard of, the Homestead Grays, whose wartime popularity at Griffith Stadium moved them beyond the shadow of the Senators." --from the Introduction So begins this powerful and passionate account of how the fight to integrate baseball really began. Moving seamlessly between the heroic exploits of the ballfield and the exploitation of the boardroom, Beyond the Shadow of the Senators reveals all the magic and madness that surrounded the legendary Homestead Grays and their lesser--but more recognized--stadium-mates, the Washington Senators. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, long-lost archives, and dozens of dazzling historical photos, the author meticulously chronicles the true story behind this forgotten chapter in the annals of baseball, painting a portrait of larger-than-life characters and lazy, golden afternoons you'll wish you could remember--when the Homestead Grays dominated Griffith Stadium and gave baseball's white superstars a run for their money.


Author : Jon Kerr
ISBN : PSU:000018026009
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Dick Bosman On Pitching

Author : Ted Leavengood
ISBN : 9781538106624
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book tells the story of Dick Bosman’s career as a professional pitcher—primarily with the Washington Senators—and his work as a pitching coach. More than a straight biography, this book includes bits of wisdom and advice from Bosman that will interest and help young players, coaches, and fans as they read about his life and career.

Dictionary Of American Biography

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Genre : United States
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