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Cap Anson 2: The Theatrical and Kingly Mike Kelly: U.S. Team Sport's First Media Sensation and Baseball's Original Casey at the Bat (the definitive biography of 19th-century Hall of Famer King Kelly) Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Cap Anson
  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Tile Books (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972557415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972557412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cap Anson 2 is exceptional scholarship - particularly in its exhaustive documentation of the bets Anson placed on baseball games." -- Rick Shefchik, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 9, 2004

"Quirky and immensely readable, [Rosenberg's] book is a refreshing alternative to most that deal with Red Sox history and players." -- Allen Barra, New York Sun, Sept. 15, 2004

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Thanks for visiting my books on Amazon.com. 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: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/sports/baseball/25cheer.html. 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:
http://www.irishecho.com/newspaper/story.cfm?id=14274

Cap Anson 3:
An article describing the book's refutation of Baltimore as the origin of the sport of duckpin bowling:
http://www.bowlersjournal.com/current_issue/display_article?id=71
For the baseball angle, a news release describing the book and some incidental tie-ins to Anson
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/03/prweb223358.htm

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:
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061108/SPORTS07/611080383/-1/SPORTS

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Fogel on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have always enjoyed the history of baseball. Important to me is the texture of the game coupled with many descriptive life experiences of the players as crafted by the author writing with clarity and insight when explaining the begining defining our American culture. Cap Anson 2 provides a further development of Anson's eventful life at the same time the publication introduces the reader to Mike "King" Kelly. The breadth of Kelly's baseball and personal lifestyle gives the reader a rich and entertaining view of the Victorian culture's new American competitor. The author has written the book's content to appeal to the researcher, and equally important is the author's attention to the reader that can enjoy the richness of an interesting read. All who read Cap Anson 2 will enjoy the over 100 illustration throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teddy Baseball on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The real deal on Cap Anson and his cohorts (I enjoyed the author's first and third books too). This one is mainly about Kelly, a kind of rounder in the early days of baseball. Because few writers are nuts enough to sift through old newspapers to get to the real story, I had only been aware of little squibs about Kelly. This one ran the table, was easy to read and feels like a book should feel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BOSTON'S BIG ELK on August 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This new definitive bio of Michael "King of Baseball" Kelly adds new luster to the crown of this early Red Sox player. Kelly's life and game were those of legend. Unfortunately, the passage of time has relegated that legend to the history and statistics books. With this bio, Kelly has been resurrected as a high living and loving human being; a human face has been added to the bronze plaque in baseball's Hall of Fame. Well researched and documented, filled with rare images assembled in one place for the first time, this book throbs with the life of a beloved record maker/breaker, Michael "King" Kelly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DVDJones on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Cap Anson 2 is actually about another 19th century baseball star, Mike "King" Kelly ! It has no narrative flow at all, it's just a massive collection of newspaper snippets about Mike Kelly. For a real book about the great, flamboyant player, I suggest you read the original bio of Kelly, from Scarecrow Press' Sports History series. It's by Marty Appel, a real author.
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