Fifty-Nine in '84
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Fifty-Nine in '84

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In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding fifty-nine games--more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series.Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War--a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win.It is the tale, too, of the woman Radbourn loved, Carrie Stanhope, the alluring proprietress of a boarding-house with shady overtones, a married lady who was said to have personally known every man in the National League.Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Plates, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061825867
  • 9780061825866
  • 1,533,745

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This is a beautifully written, meticulously researched story about a bygone baseball era that even die-hard fans will find foreign, and about a pitcher who might have been the greatest of all time. --Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer prize-winning historian and devoted Red Sox fan
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