Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Amazing Tale of Mr. H... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Hardcover in Like-NEW condition. All pages are clean.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage) Hardcover – September 1, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$34.95
$25.92 $7.50

The Black Presidency by Michael Eric Dyson
"The Black Presidency"
Rated by Vanity Fair as one of our most lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today, this book is a provocative and lively look into the meaning of America's first black presidency. Learn more


Editorial Reviews

Review

"There is a legend of the wealthy Alpine cattle rancher who loved both the game of baseball and his hometown with such consuming passion that in 1947 he built what is quite possibly the world’s most beautiful ballpark. It was an idea dusted with magic, a summertime daydream of a ball field, surrounded by a ten-foot-high fence of native red stone, with a lush Bermuda grass outfield, rows of rosebushes, a luxurious manager’s bungalow behind third base, and a spectacular vista of the Davis Mountains rising beyond the fences. Like William Randolph Hearst’s mansion, San Simeon, the Alpine ballpark was furnished with the choicest materials. Some 1,200 wooden chairs, complete with armrests and the ticket holders’ names embossed on the backs, filled the bright green grandstand. The concession stands had roofs made of Spanish tile, and everywhere were wrought iron lanterns inlaid with baseball designs. Some of America’s famed ballplayers—among them Satchel Paige, Norm Cash, and Gaylord Perry—played there from time to time. But what made all this unusual in terms of West Texas legends is that Kokernot Field is real—as real as its builder, Herbert Kokernot Jr.—and every bit of the story you are about to read is true." (Nicholas Dawidoff)

About the Author

A sixth-generation Texan born in Alpine, DJ STOUT is a partner in the international design firm Pentagram. From 1987 to 1999, he was the award-winning art director of Texas Monthly. During his tenure at the magazine, American Photo selected Stout as one of the “100 most important people in photography” because of the impressive body of original photographic works that he commissioned and art directed. In 2004 I.D. (International Design) magazine profiled Stout as one of its “Fifty American Designers.”

NICHOLAS DAWIDOFF is an internationally acclaimed baseball expert and the author of four books. One of them, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and his first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, was a national bestseller and appeared on many best book lists. Dawidoff is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Series: Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; First edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292723342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292723344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
80%
4 star
20%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
DJ Stout did an outstanding job of compiling the hundreds of pictures and writing a narrative that describes one of the most fascinating baseball teams in America. At a time when most small towns had a baseball team, Alpine, Texas took semipro baseball to a new level. Lead by Mr. Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., a wealthy west Texas rancher who loved baseball and enjoyed helping young college kids, no expense was spared with facilities and the promotion of baseball in Texas and around the country. The book is first class in every respect and even those who are not Texans will find the story interesting and will see some familiar faces that became major league stars, including one Hall of Famer. DJ Stout combined his many talents of writing, editing and publishing into a real masterpiece.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not a baseball fan, but am a fan of west Texas and of the Kokernots. I was struck by the quality and quantity of the photographs here. They hold up very well reproduced on the oversize pages of this book. Even if you bore of baseball, you can find yourself drawn to the background details--classic cars in the parking lot, pretty girls in the stands, lettering on a distant mountain side. There is only one thing missing, to me at least. Mr. Herbert was said to hire his baseball players to work on his ranch. A few photos of Alpine Cowboys working as O6 cowboys, riding fence or branding, would have been toppers.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This book is a beauty. Its a full coffee-table sized book full of beautiful photos and a lot of text, as well. It even includes the great story Sports Illustrated ran on Kokernot Field in 1989. All baseball fans will love this book.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book brings back a lot of good memories of growing up in Alpine. Pictures are very good quality and the story line and history is excellent. A must buy for Alpine Cowboy baseball fans.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This "coffee table" history of Alpine Texas' semi-pro baseball team from the '40s through early-'60s contains a wealth of period photographs as well as short narratives related to each year of the club's history. Stout discusses Koknernot Field, the team's native stone park, which is still used by the local university's and high school's varsity teams as well as the Big Bend Cowboys, the area's current minor league squad. As a former resident of this area, I particularly enjoyed Stout's treatment of this segment of the region's history. Any historian of the game with interests in local teams should find pleasure in its pages as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage)
This item: The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage)
Price: $34.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com