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Title:
Where they ain't : the fabled life and untimely death of the original Baltimore Orioles, the team that gave birth to modern baseball
Author:
Solomon, Burt.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Free Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684854519
Format :
Book

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Central Library GV875.B2 S65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Greedy owners, spoiled players, disillusioned fans -- all hallmarks of baseball in the nineties. Only in this case, it's the eighteen-nineties. We may think that business interests dominate the sport today, but baseball's early years were an even harsher and less sentimental age -- when teams were wrenched from their cities, when the owners colluded and the ballplayers held out, when the National League nearly turned itself into an out-and-out cartel.

Where They Ain't tells the story of that tumultuous age, through the prism of the eras best team, the Baltimore Orioles, and its best hitter, Wee Willie Keeler, whose famous motto -- "Keep your eye clear, and hit 'em where they ain't" -- was wise counsel for an underdog in a big man's world. Just as John D. Rockefeller did with oil and Andrew Carnegie did with steel, the baseball owners in this era began to consolidate for the sake of monopoly profits. Butt Solomon's fascinating account of the "syndicate" agreement in 1899 between the greedy owners of the Orioles and the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers shows how the Orioles were soon destroyed, how the city of Baltimore lost control of its ec


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. vii
Part 1 Sentiment
1 The Fields of Brooklynp. 3
2 The National Gamep. 19
3 Foxy Nedp. 38
4 Baltimore's Grandest Paradep. 63
5 The Big Fourp. 87
6 Individual Gloryp. 113
Part 2 Business
7 Syndicate Basbellp. 137
8 Business Beats Sentimentp. 158
9 Survival of the Fittestp. 177
10 A Competing Leaguep. 197
11 Betrayalsp. 217
12 Playing 'Til Darkp. 237
Epiloguep. 261
Appendix I Major League Standings, 1893-1904p. 283
Appendix II Career Records of "The Big Four"p. 289
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 333

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