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    DescriptionSince the founding of professional baseball, few teams have risen above years of mediocrity only to see their fortunes interrupted by war and tragedy. In the early twentieth century, one team rallied to claim first place and then won a world's championship in a most spectacular style that has yet to be replicated. Who were these men who managed to bring home the first world championship to a city of passionate baseball fans? The Best They Could Be recaps the compelling story of the ballplayers and the team owner who resurrected a proud but struggling franchise. Although the Cleveland ball club was an active member of professional baseball from the late 1860s and a charter member of the American League, by 1915 the team was on the brink of collapse. Into this dejected atmosphere came new owner James C. Dunn, who, without previous baseball experience, had the business savvy to bring his club to the forefront, acquiring superstar center fielder Tris Speaker and great pitchers. But during the rise of the franchise, the outbreak of World War I interrupted baseball. Then, in 1920, as the Indians were front and center in the pennant race, shortstop Ray Chapman died after a pitch struck him on the right temple and fractured his skull. The outpouring of sorrow from teammates and fans alike made the Indians more determined than ever to fight their way to the top. Scott Longert's entertaining and poignant narrative traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of America's most beloved baseball teams.


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    Title
    The Best They Could be
    Subtitle
    How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Scott H. Longert
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781612344935
    ISBN 10: 1612344933
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Libri: I-SR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14450
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E9
    BIC subject category V2: WSJT
    DC22: 796.35764097
    BISAC V2.8: SPO003030
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, WSBX
    DC23: 796.357640977132
    DC22: 796.357/64097713209041
    LC classification: GV875.C7 L68 2013
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    10 B & W photos
    Publisher
    Potomac Books Inc
    Imprint name
    Potomac Books Inc
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Dulles
    Review quote
    Scott Longert takes the reader back to a time when Cleveland was one of America s mightiest industrial cities and baseball was the king of sports. His detailed account of how the Cleveland franchise rebounded from financial peril to win the World Series five years later is a tale worth being remembered and celebrated. Matt Underwood, Cleveland Indians announcer