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Busting 'em, and other big league stories
Cobb, Ty, 1886-1961.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

Physical Description:
vii, 188 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Ghostwritten by John N. Wheeler.

Originally published: New York : E.J. Clode, 1914.

Includes index.
Busting 'em -- The effect of crowds on big leaguers -- Sizing up the pitchers -- Inside stuff about the "umps" -- Big league bosses and their methods -- Facing tough breaks in the big leagues -- The brainiest men in baseball -- Big League base running -- Making a big league hitter -- Tragedies of the diamond -- Is baseball a good profession? -- Off the field with the big league players.
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GV873 .C6 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Published in 1914, Busting 'Em was the first of three books credited to Ty Cobb the author. Though in fact it was ghostwritten by John N. Wheeler, who also penned Mathewson's Pitching in a Pinch, the book fascinates with its insights into Cobb as a public figure. The reader is presented Cobb's explanation of the beating incident at Hilltop Park, the Baker spiking, and his contentious relationship with teammates. His thoughts--or those he sanctioned--of umpires, his contemporaries, crowds, and strategy are also shared. This book, long out of print and increasingly hard to find, is essential reading for those who would understand Cobb's awareness of and investment in the shape of his public image.

Author Notes

Ty Cobb played major league baseball from 1905 to 1928 and is considered by many the greatest player of all time. And one of the smartest

Table of Contents

John N. Wheeler
Editors' Notep. 1
Introductionp. 3
I. Busting 'Emp. 7
II. The Effect of Crowds on Big Leaguersp. 23
III. Sizing Up the Pitchersp. 36
IV. Inside Stuff About the "Umps"p. 50
V. Big League Bosses and Their Methodsp. 64
VI. Facing Tough Breaks in the Big Leaguesp. 80
VII. The Brainiest Men in Baseballp. 94
VIII. Big League Base Runningp. 109
IX. Making a Big League Hitterp. 123
X. Tragedies of the Diamondp. 139
XI. Is Baseball a Good Profession?p. 154
XII. Off the Field with the Big League Playersp. 169
Indexp. 183