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Close shave : the life and times of baseball's Sal Maglie
Szalontai, James, 1974-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

Physical Description:
v, 402 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Trials and triumphs of a bush league pitcher -- Return to the International League -- Wartime ball, "wartime" pitcher? -- The baseball war, the black list, and the Mexican jumping beans -- Back with the Giants -- The American aristocracy and the miracle finish -- Pitching in pain -- A season to forget -- Return to glory -- Banished to Cleveland -- The barber joins the enemy -- From Dodger blue to Yankee pinstripes -- The end is near -- The old warrior fades away.
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GV865.M24 S92 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sal Maglie was a feared and hated pitcher perhaps best known for his vicious knockdown pitches that made batters tremble. Yet he was also respected as a ferocious competitor, one who pitched with his arm and his head, one who could be depended upon when his team needed a victory, and one who refused to quit, even when faced with a blacklisting, crippling injuries, and advanced age. Off the field, he was an amiable man. This work chronicles the life and career of the man and the player: his unspectacular minor league career, his 1945 debut with Mel Ott's New York Giants, his blacklisting by organized baseball for playing in Jorge Pasquel's Mexican League, and his rejoining the Giants in 1950 at the age of 33. He thereupon established himself as a bona fide big league pitcher, and went on to have a stellar career in the majors that included stints with the Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. Game-by-game analyses of Maglie's professional career, intimate portraits of the men Maglie played with and against - Leo Durocher, Dolf Luque, Frank Shellenback, Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo, Willie Mays, among others - and a look at baseball as it was played in the 1940s and 1950s are features of the book.

Author Notes

Writer and researcher James D. Szalontai lives in Milltown, New Jersey

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1 Trials and Triumphs of a Bush League Pitcherp. 3
2 Return to the International Leaguep. 26
3 Wartime Ball, "Wartime" Pitcher?p. 37
4 The Baseball War, the Black List, and the Mexican Jumping Beansp. 50
5 Back With the Giantsp. 74
6 The American Aristocracy and the Miracle Finishp. 116
7 Pitching in Painp. 182
8 A Season to Forgetp. 218
9 Return to Gloryp. 243
10 Banished to Clevelandp. 281
11 The Barber Joins the Enemyp. 303
12 From Dodger Blue to Yankee Pinstripesp. 336
13 The End Is Nearp. 349
14 The Old Warrior Fades Awayp. 364
Chapter Notesp. 373
Bibliographyp. 385
Indexp. 391