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Title:
Pepper Martin : a baseball biography
Author:
Barthel, Thomas.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
x, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786416028
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Book

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Summary

Pepper Martin, the "Wild Horse of the Osage," is most famous for having dominated the October 1931 World Series--stealing bases, sliding on his chest, making diving catches, and driving in runs. He also captivated many Americans in the Depression Era with his homegrown honesty and love of pranks. To many, he epitomized the very spirit of baseball. This biography follows Martin's rise from Oklahoma farmboy, buying his first glove with money from a paper route, to being one of America's most successful and beloved professionals. It closes with an account of his coaching career in Florida and his death in 1965, a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a loving grandfather. The work includes accounts of important games and intimate glimpses of his romance with his wife and the arrivals of his daughters. Information is drawn from research on the careers of key players and managers from the Cardinals, back issues of periodicals, and interviews with Don Gutterridge, Martin's teammate.


Author Notes

Columnist Thomas Barthel is a past contributor to the Boston Red Sox periodical Diehard. Also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Clinton, New York


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Part 1
1. Young Johnniep. 5
2. 1919-1923: $5 a Gamep. 10
3. 1924-1925: In the Low Minorsp. 15
4. 1926-1927: Climbing and Stumblingp. 22
5. 1928-1930: A Cardinal, a Buffalo, a Red Wingp. 31
6. 1931: An Old Rookiep. 40
Part 2
7. The 1931 World Series Nearsp. 47
8. Thursday, October 1, 1931: Before Game Onep. 53
9. Thursday, October 1, 1931: Game Onep. 57
10. Friday, October 2, 1931: Game Twop. 60
11. Saturday, October 3, 1931: Travel to Philadelphiap. 65
12. Sunday, October 4, 1931: Practice Dayp. 68
13. Monday, October 5, 1931: Game Threep. 71
14. Tuesday, October 6, 1931: Game Fourp. 75
15. Wednesday, October 7, 1931: Game Fivep. 78
16. Wednesday, October 7, 1931: After Game Fivep. 83
17. Thursday, October 8, 1931: The Train Homep. 86
18. Friday, October 9, 1931: Game Sixp. 90
19. Saturday, October 10, 1931: Game Sevenp. 94
20. Saturday, October 10, 1931: After Game Sevenp. 98
21. The Last of 1931p. 102
Part 3
22. 1932-1934: The Gas House Gangp. 105
23. 1935-1937: Maestro of the Mudcatsp. 120
24. 1938-1940: A Captain of Cardinalsp. 145
Part 4
25. 1941-1946: War's Needsp. 165
26. 1947-1948: Jack of All Tradesp. 185
27. 1949-1952: A Florida Leaguep. 189
28. 1953-1956: Five Teams in the Minors; One in the Majorsp. 195
29. 1957-1964: At Home in Oklahomap. 206
30. 1965: Death of a Baseball Manp. 216
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 223