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Fifty-nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

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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 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.

Product Details

  • 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

Fifty-nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had by Edward Achorn

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