About the Book
The story of brilliant pitcher Charles Radbourn's 1884 season - where he set a record that has never been beat - and of baseball in the late 19th century when the National Pastime was as violent and dangerous as any sport ever was
"All fans of baseball, all fans of a good story, will love this book."
- Professor Gordon Wood, Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize winner
"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
Following in the tradition of the sleeper bestseller Crazy 08, Fifty-Nine in '84 is the story of Charles Radbourn, a brilliant major league baseball pitcher who, in the 1884 season, won an astonishing 59 games, a record that has never been broken. Set against the backdrop of 19th century baseball, Fifty-Nine in '84 gives readers a glimpse of the dangerous and violent game that preceded the sport we enjoy today.
- ISBN: 9780061825873
- ISBN 10: 0061825875
- Imprint: HarperCollins - US
- On Sale: 01/03/2011
- Pages: 400
- List Price: 24.99 AUD
- BISAC1: Lifestyle, sport & leisure / Sports & outdoor recreation