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Cap Anson 4: Bigger Than Babe Ruth--Captain Anson of Chicago (Cap Anson) (Cap Anson) (Cap Anson) Hardcover – April 1, 2006

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Editorial Reviews Review

Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 25, 2006
'makes a compelling case for Anson’s primacy as the most important figure in baseball history – even greater than Babe Ruth'

Todd Leopold,, April 6, 2006
'[Rosenberg] continues his series on [the 19th-century] era’s baseball with the controversial Chicago captain and manager at its center'

Gabriel Schechter, History Review of New Books, Heldref Publications, Fall 2006
'a balanced reckoning of Anson’s role in creating the ‘color barrier’ that excluded African-Americans from professional baseball for sixty years.'

David Zweifel, Madison (Wisc.) Capital Times, March 28, 2007
'this hard-cover book is replete with great baseball history that will entertain and enlighten the true baseball fan'

Bob D’Angelo, Tampa Tribune, June 25, 2006
'Rosenberg's dogged attention to detail, no matter how trivial, gives the reader the most complete portrait ever about Cap Anson.'

Kirk Wessler, executive sports editor, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, May 19, 2006
'an exhaustingly researched and informative description of baseball in the 19th century.' Among the 'good sports reads this summer.'

About the Author

Howard W. Rosenberg, a native of Roslyn, N.Y., is writing a series of topical and biographical books on early baseball, with Cap Anson the organizing feature. A 1987 graduate of Cornell University, he has worked in Washington, D.C., as a wire service reporter for Jewish newspapers and as an editor for the federal government. He lives in Arlington, Va.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Howard W. Rosenberg; 1st edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972557431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972557436
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for visiting my books on If you'd like to read more about me or my research, here are a few links to check out:

Cap Anson 1:
A New York Times feature story, with my picture, from 2007, about research stemming from Cap Anson 1 that Derek Jeter is not the 11th captain of the New York Yankees: The link may require you to register with the New York Times's Web site. The foreword of Cap Anson 1 was written by a descendant of Clark Griffith, one of the captains missing from the then-official count of Yankee captains. The Yankees have not subsequently updated the count.

Cap Anson 2:
An Irish Echo feature story (the Irish Echo is a weekly based in NYC) on Mike Kelly, the main subject of that book:

Cap Anson 3:
An article describing the book's refutation of Baltimore as the origin of the sport of duckpin bowling:
For the baseball angle, a news release describing the book and some incidental tie-ins to Anson

Cap Anson 4:
A freelance article in the Toledo Blade about Anson's racism and overlaps with the history of Toledo, Ohio. Features Fleet Walker, one of the two 19th-century blacks (at least who definitely looked black!) who were in the major leagues in that century:

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles JD Kupfer on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the best things about this volume -- and for that matter, each of Rosenberg's books on Cap Anson, King Kelly, and 19th C baseball -- is that a reader/researcher can follow HR's notes and see where the sources are. It's clear that the author has performed unmatched research, so this book has real value to anyone interested in the topic. Rosenberg's books are friends to the scholar and also fun for the baseball history buff. I've read them all, and they read like a single, long, very compelling and well-documented narrative. But you can also start w/any of them and read it alone. That's hard to pull off as a writer. This will stand the test of time.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bart Fisher on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The work of serious baseball historians tends to fall into two main categories; excellent writing short on research and extraordinary research spoiled by pompous, often pedantic prose.
Then there's Howard Rosenberg. Rosenberg's "Cap Anson 4" the recently released...biography of one of the game's first "superstars" is as compelling as the latest James Patterson thriller and as meticulously well-researched as a successful doctoral thesis.
Adrian C. Anson was the first player to get 3,000 hits,arguably the greatest player-manager of all-time and a pivotal figure in the creation of baseball's shameful color line that kept Black players out of the majors for more than 60 years.
Rosenberg doesn't flinch from the accusations of Anson's racism, nor does he gloss over the Hall of Famer's other foibles and eccentricities. The book contains literally hundreds of footnotes and citations and perhaps thousands of newspaper quotations.
Rosenberg poured over thousands of ancient newspaper clippings and archives. He concluded that in the 1880s and '90s writers were given a virtually free hand and did a superior job of capturing the mannerisms of players and painting pictures with words." He added "By the first decade of the 1900s, photography was a major presence and writers would, overall never be as independent and thus as interesting again."
That may have been true for the vast majority of baseball writers including those plying the trade today. But it is certainly not true of Rosenberg.
If you're at all interested in the early days of the "great America game," you can never go wrong reading Howard Rosenberg.

(From a review and feature) by Bart Fisher, New Britain (Conn.) Herald, May 1, 2006
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