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Tales from the Deadball Era: Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Wildest Times in Baseball History (Anglais) Relié – 30 octobre 2014


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The Deadball Era (1901 - 1920) is a baseball fan's dream. Hope and despair, innocence and cynicism, and levity and hostility blended then to create an air of excitement, anticipation, and concern for all who entered the confines of a major league ballpark. Cheating for the sake of victory earned respect, corrupt ballplayers fixed games with impunity, and violence plagued the sport. Spectators stormed the field to attack players and umpires, ballplayers charged the stands to pummel hecklers, and battles between opposing clubs occurred regularly in a phenomenon known as "rowdyism." At the same time, endearing practices infused baseball with lightheartedness, kindness, and laughter. Fans ran onto the field with baskets of flowers, loving cups, diamond jewelry, gold watches, and cash for their favorite players in the middle of games; ballplayers volunteered for "benefit contests" to aid fellow big leaguers and the country in times of need; "joke games" reduced sport to pure theater as outfielders intentionally dropped fly balls, infielders happily booted easy grounders, hurlers tossed soft pitches over the middle of the plate, and umpires ignored the rules.Winning meant nothing, amusement meant everything, and league officials looked the other way. Mark Halfon looks at life in the major leagues in the early 1900s, the careers of John McGraw, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson, and the events that brought about the end of the Deadball Era. He highlights the strategies, underhand tactics, and bitter battles that defined this storied time in baseball history, while providing detailed insights into the players and teams involved in bringing down this most infamous of baseball eras.



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8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
but I find that I would like more specifics 20 août 2014
Par Bob Olsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is not, per se, a book of deadball narratives as much as it is a sort of stream-of-consciousness narratives commenting on the generality of the subject matter while loosely citing some historical examples. It is still interesting, but I find that I would like more specifics; more of those sorts of stories that humanize the heroes of yesteryear and that make the history of our national game come alive; somewhat in the manner of the biographies on the SABR website and many other baseball history volumes.

I do recommend this book, but somewhat regret that it doesn't make itself more personable, because the author is really on to something.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The Ultimate Deadball Era Book 21 septembre 2014
Par larry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Tales from the Deadball Era is the only book about the deadball era itself and it is beautifully done. By combining details about the gambling, cheating, fighting and more, the author brings to life the life the players and events that capture the spirit of the times. A brutally honest account of Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Shoeless Joe Jackson add to the fascinating material in the book,

Above all, Halfon breaks new ground in his final two chapters. In chapter 11, he provides the most compelling proof to date that the 1919 black sox also threw the 1920 pennant. And In chapter 12 he shatters the myth that Babe Ruth and Judge Landis saved baseball from the black sox scandal. A thoroughly enjoyable must read.
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This is a wonderful book that covers the entire dead ball era 22 novembre 2014
Par steven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a wonderful book that covers the entire dead ball era. The author takes us back to a time when baseball was vibraant and at times dangerous for fans and players given

This is a wonderful book that tells about baseball's vibrant dead ball era. The author explains how the dead ball era came about, how it evolved, and eventually faded from the big league scene. Dishonesty that makes steroid use tame in comparison is captured in the many tales Halfon tells. He also discusses the double suicide squeeze, the first African American to receive a world series share and so much more.
A couple of minor errors can be found but that is offset by the final chapter where he reveals the startling fact that Babe Ruth did not save baseball from the 1919 black sox scandal. Meticulous documentation combined with an engaging writing style that brings his tales to life is a great read for anyone who loves baseball.
7 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This Nostalgic Period of Time in Baseball's History Left Something to Be Desired. 1 mars 2014
Par Bill Emblom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Several of baseball's greatest stars played during the decade of the 1910s under conditions vastly different from the decades following. Author Mark Halfon takes us back to the rowdy days we often like to romanticize. Playing field conditions, inferior baseballs, bigotry among ballplayers, fixed ball games, violence between ballplayers involving post-game fist fights, and violence between umpires, players, and fans were some of the things that marred the game during this period of time.

The book is divided into three parts:

1. Deadball Era Highlights such as cheating during games in which runners would cut corners circling the bases, the "small ball" game, and rowdy behavior by players, umpires, and fans.

2. Deadball Era Standouts with chapters devoted to John McGraw, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and the 1908 playoff game between the Giants and Cubs at the Polo Grounds.

3. Beyond the Deadball Era which reviews the Black Sox scandals (plural) in which the author questions the tail end of the 1920 season as well. Author Halfon gives his point of view regarding the myth of Babe Ruth and Judge Landis "saving" baseball following the infamy of 1919.

A few photos are included at the end of the book. I enjoyed the book but the decade of the 1910s aptly illustrated that the game of baseball had a lot of growing up to do and much of the nostalgia we associate with it actually left a lot to be desired.
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It does not have the great texture and scholarship of 'Glory of their Times' (the ... 1 mars 2015
Par Boitchik - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The book added to my knowledge of baseball's early days: the conditions of the fields, vignettes on some of the early ballplayers, the internal politics etc. It does not have the great texture of 'Glory of their Times' (the Ritter book) or the very classy writing in "Summer Game' (Roger Angell) but is a very worthwhile addition to the history of baseball. Good history but it does not entertain in the manner of my two examples. Again: a worthwhile book for the enthusiast's library.
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