The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Baseball used to be diverse in past days—tougher, rawer, extra intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. within the enormous vintage The Glory in their Times, the golden period of our nationwide hobby comes alive in the course of the shiny phrases of these who performed and lived the game.

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There have been loads of old-timers on that Cincinnati membership in 1899: greenback Ewing, who was once dealing with, Biddy McPhee, Tommy Corcoran, Harry Steinfeldt, Al Selbach, Jake Beckley, Noodles Hahn—lots of them. Biddy McPhee performed moment base for 18 years in Cincinnati, one place. From 1882 to 1899. And Noodles Hahn, you by no means listen his identify anymore. He used to be a chief left-hander. speak about beginning and completing video games, that man pitched forty-one whole video games in 1901. among 1899 and 1904 he began anything like 225 video games and accomplished approximately 210 of them. good, then the yankee League begun up, approximately 1900 or so, and the gamers all started leaping from side to side, from one league to the opposite. Larry Lajoie and Elmer Flick jumped from the Phillies to Cleveland, Ed Delahanty from the Phillies to Washington, Jack Chesbro from the Pirates to the Yankees—they have been the Highlanders then—and Willie Keeler from Brooklyn to the Yankees. I left Cincinnati and went over to Detroit in 1903, and stayed there for 15 years. Boy, the following i'm nonetheless speaking. difficult to think. i am hoping I haven’t stated whatever I shouldn’t. there are numerous the old-timers nonetheless left, you recognize, and they’re at risk of say, “That fathead, who the hell does he imagine he's, besides, popping off like that! ” I wouldn’t wish them to assert that. simply because I’d fairly they be mindful me as an attractive immediately type of a man, you recognize. in order that while I kick off they’ll say, “Well, sturdy outdated Sam, he wasn’t this type of undesirable man, finally. every little thing thought of, he used to be lovely reasonable and sq.. We’ll omit him. ” That’s the way in which I’d love it to be. five George Gibson The variety of occasions a catcher is injured in a season is brilliant. At one time in 1909, for instance, George Gibson of the Pittsburgh Pirates had black and blue marks imprinted through nineteen foul suggestions upon his physique, a broken hand, a bruise on his hip six inches sq. the place a thrown bat had struck, and 3 spike cuts. but he had no longer overlooked a video game and used to be congratulating himself on his “luck. ” —JOHNNY EVERS and HUGH FULLERTON, Touching moment, 1910 a lot of people imagine that baseball is exactly an American video game, however it used to be well known the following in Canada, too, way back to the 1890’s. i do know, simply because that’s while i began taking part in ball round right here. Dad had his personal building company, yet he used to be additionally an exceptional baseball fan and continually inspired me to play. We had 4 beautiful strong groups in a municipal weekend league—London North, South, East, and West. i started as a catcher for London West in 1898, while i used to be eighteen years previous, and took to it like a duck takes to water. plenty of occasions I didn’t even put on a catcher’s masks in these days; I couldn’t see sincerely adequate via it, so I’d take it off. and naturally many’s the day I’d come domestic with a black eye or a bloody nostril. In many years i used to be in the back of the plate for Montreal, which used to be then within the jap League. I didn’t receives a commission a lot, however it yes beat hauling bricks! See, it used to be a call among operating all day lengthy on one in all Dad’s building jobs or having on a daily basis a holiday—playing ball.

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