Hitless Wonder

Author: Joe Oestreich
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762785950
Size: 19.15 MB
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Hitless Wonder from the Author: Joe Oestreich. Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love? This book recounts the two-week tour that forces Joe Oestreich—singer, songwriter, and bassist of the band Watershed—to decide if he and his longtime bandmates still have a future together. In the mid-‘90s, Watershed’s large Midwest following led to a six-figure deal with Epic Records. But the band never had a hit, and the label dropped them. Seventeen years later, long after their more famous peers have called it quits, Watershed keeps climbing into the Econoline and touring mop bucket bars. But Joe can’t help but wonder: Are he and his bandmates—approaching forty with wives and kids and mortgages—admirable or pathetic? Successes or failures? The tour tests the bonds of Joe’s friendships and the strength of his marriage, as he’s torn between the lure of the road and the call to finally settle down. An accomplished journalist and creative writing instructor, Oestreich tells his story with humor, heart, and unflinching honesty. Readers—from Baby Boomers to Gen X-ers—will be deeply moved by his voice, while appreciating his quixotic struggle to live out a dream.

Baseball Hall Of Shame 2

Author: Bruce Nash
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671611135
Size: 64.33 MB
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Baseball Hall Of Shame 2 from the Author: Bruce Nash. In ongoing appreciation of ... the best fights! The sneakiest tricks! The wildest pitches! America's favorite pastime at its wonderful worst!

Windy City World Series I 1906 White Sox Cubs

Author: Richard Chabowski
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1469795736
Size: 74.57 MB
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Windy City World Series I 1906 White Sox Cubs from the Author: Richard Chabowski. The year 1906 holds special significance for the city of Chicago for a number of reasons, but probably nothing generated as much excitement as the all-Chicago World Series that pitted the White Sox against the Cubs. Upton Sinclair had just written The Jungle, which revealed the inner workings of the city's slaughterhouses. There was also a new central city and county government building rising in the Loop. In considerations of that year, however, it is the city's two baseball teams that probably generate the most attention. More than one hundred years have passed, and we still haven't seen a repeat of the all-Chicago World Series. This history examines the bold moves made by ballclub owners and managers, and puts the significance of baseball in context with this detailed account of the events of 1906. It also introduces Charles Comiskey before the "Black Sox" scandal as well as Charles Murphy, the feisty, lively owner of the Cubs. The entire season is relived in Windy City World Series I: 1906, White Sox-Cubs.

The Cultural Encyclopedia Of Baseball 2d Ed

Author: Jonathan Fraser Light
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476617449
Size: 16.59 MB
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The Cultural Encyclopedia Of Baseball 2d Ed from the Author: Jonathan Fraser Light. More than any other sport, baseball has developed its own niche in America’s culture and psyche. Some researchers spend years on detailed statistical analyses of minute parts of the game, while others wax poetic about its players and plays. Many trace the beginnings of the civil rights movement in part to the Major Leagues’ decision to integrate, and the words and phrases of the game (for example, pinch-hitter and out in left field) have become common in our everyday language. From AARON, HENRY onward, this book covers all of what might be called the cultural aspects of baseball (as opposed to the number-rich statistical information so widely available elsewhere). Biographical sketches of all Hall of Fame players, owners, executives and umpires, as well as many of the sportswriters and broadcasters who have won the Spink and Frick awards, join entries for teams, owners, commissioners and league presidents. Advertising, agents, drafts, illegal substances, minor leagues, oldest players, perfect games, retired uniform numbers, superstitions, tripleheaders, and youngest players are among the thousands of entries herein. Most entries open with a topical quote and conclude with a brief bibliography of sources for further research. The whole work is exhaustively indexed and includes over 120 photographs.

Sports In America From Colonial Times To The Twenty First Century

Author: Steven A. Riess
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317459474
Size: 12.45 MB
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Sports In America From Colonial Times To The Twenty First Century from the Author: Steven A. Riess. A sweeping perspective of sports in the United States from the colonial era to the present day, this work explores the subject from a variety of perspectives -- society, business, economics, law, politics, psychology, and others.

Johnny Kling

Author: Gil Bogen
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786424141
Size: 56.68 MB
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Johnny Kling from the Author: Gil Bogen. Presents the life and accomplishments of one of the greatest catchers of all time, Chicago Cub Johnny Kling, and discusses the reasons for his absence from baseball in 1909 and the question of his Jewish heritage.

Chicago In The World Series 1903 2005

Author: Bruce A. Rubenstein
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078642575X
Size: 36.75 MB
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Chicago In The World Series 1903 2005 from the Author: Bruce A. Rubenstein. "With a chapter on each World Series involving a Chicago team, this book covers 100 years of October baseball in the Windy City, from the 1906 classicwhich pitted the North Siders against the South Siders-to 2005, when the White Sox ended 88 years of frus

Major League Baseball Profiles 1871 1900 Volume 2

Author: David Nemec
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803235321
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Major League Baseball Profiles 1871 1900 Volume 2 from the Author: David Nemec. "The business of baseball and player transactions by David Ball"-- t.p.

Rube Waddell

Author: Alan H. Levy
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786481125
Size: 70.89 MB
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Rube Waddell from the Author: Alan H. Levy. George Edward "Rube" Waddell was one of the zaniest characters ever to play baseball. The legendary Connie Mack, who saw quite a few cards during his nearly seven decade stint in the majors, once observed that no other screwball he ever saw could hold a candle to Rube. Mack also said that Rube's curveball was the best he'd ever seen. Indeed, Waddell was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. Rube won 191 games in 13 seasons, had four straight 20-win seasons for Mack and the Philadelphia A's, and claimed six consecutive strikeout titles. In 1904 he struck out 349 batters, a record that held for six decades. This biography traces his early life in western Pennsylvania, the fits and starts of his first years in professional baseball, his big years with the A's, and his subsequent fade into obscurity and his early death in a sanatorium on April Fool's Day, 1914.