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The biographical history of baseball
Dewey, Donald, 1940-
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
vi, 474 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Compeletely revised"--Jacket.
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GV865.A1 D45 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This new, revised edition of The Biographical History of Baseball uses up-to-date statistical research to create the most accurate picture possible of the on-field accomplishments of players from earlier eras. It offers original summaries of the personalities and contributions of over 1,500 players, managers, owners, front office executives, journalists, and ordinary fans who developed this great American game into our national pastime. Each individual included has had an impact on the sport as mass entertainment or as a cultural phenomenon, as an athletic art or a business enterprise. It also includes for the first time entries on players like Sammy Sosa and Albert Belle, and expands on the entries for players like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds in order to demonstrate the impressive outburst of offense since the last edition.

Author Notes

Donald Dewey has written The Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Teams (with Nicholas Acocella), two novels, and a biography of Marcello Mastroianni. He is a past winner of the Nelson Algren Prize for Fiction
Nicholas Acocella wrote The All-Time All-Star Baseball Book (with Donald Dewey) and was an editor at Major League Publications. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, the cradle of baseball

Reviews 1

Choice Review

A revision of the first edition (1995), this version contains over 1,400 biographical profiles; more than 100 have been removed and fewer than 100 added. Aside from incorporating more recent subjects, rationale for these changes is not made clear. Although the book includes all the current members of baseball's Hall of Fame, it focuses less on the game's greatest stars than on those who made pioneering or unique and unusual contributions, famous or obscure. For every Babe Ruth or Jackie Robinson there is a Pete Hotaling (the first professional catcher to wear a mask, 1877) or Carey Schueler (the only woman so far selected in the amateur draft, 1993). The book also includes numerous off-the-field personalities (e.g., Ted Giannoulas, the San Diego Chicken, and Harry M. Stevens, credited with introducing the hot dog at New York's Polo Grounds in 1901). There are a surprising number of misspellings and typographical errors, but this book's unusual perspective makes it interesting as a supplement to standard biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias of baseball. R. Nash University of Nebraska at Omaha

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Introductionp. v
A Hank Aaron to Joe Azcuep. 1
B Carlos Baerga to Tommy Byrnep. 16
C Francisco Cabrera to Kiki Cuylerp. 52
D Jay Dahl to Len Dykstrap. 91
E Joseph Eastman to Buck Ewingp. 116
F Red Faber to Carl Furillop. 124
G Eddie Gaedel to Tony Gwynnp. 145
H Stan Hack to Cap Hustonp. 174
I Pete Incaviglia to Art Irwinp. 206
J Bo Jackson to Billy Jurgesp. 207
K Jim Kaat to Bob Kuzavap. 220
L Chet Laabs to Ted Lyonsp. 235
M Connie Mack to Jim Mutriep. 254
N Jim Nabors to Joe Nuxhallp. 302
O Rebel Oakes to Danny Ozarkp. 309
P John Paciorek to Harry Pulliamp. 319
Q Tom Qualters to Jack Quinnp. 337
R Charlie Radbourne to Nolan Ryanp. 340
S Fred Saigh to Stuart Symingtonp. 374
T William Howard Taft to Jim Tyngp. 417
U Peter Ueberroth to George Uhlep. 429
V Bobby Valentine to Chris Von Der Ahep. 431
W Rube Waddell to Early Wynnp. 440
Y Abe Yager to Robin Yountp. 467
Z Zip Zabel to George Zoetermanp. 472