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Deadball Stars of the American League: The Society for American Baseball Research Paperback – February 15, 2006

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Features more than 140 players and personalities from one of baseball's most colorful periods, 1901-1919; Presents baseball biographies of early American League stars such as Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Smoky Joe Wood; Created by the game's unparalleled historical research organization.

About the Author

David Jones is the editor of this product of years of research by the Deadball Era Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Scotia, New York and is a doctorate student in African History at the University at Albany.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933599014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933599014
  • ASIN: 1574889826
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Society for American Baseball Research has outdone itself again, with a companion book to "Deadball Stars of the National League;" appropriately enough called "Deadball Stars of the American League." Following the same manner as the N.L. book, it has short biographies of the major stars for each of the franchises active between 1901 and 1919, complete with many photos. This excellent book again utilized a huge amount of people on the "Deadball" Committee of the organization taking part in the writing, editing and fact checking. It's a wonderful book for those wanting a feel of the game in the first decades of the 20th century, and of the players of that time, and I highly recommend it.
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I had previously ordered and read Deadball Stars of the National League and enjoyed it immensely. This book is the same thing, but covers the American League. The two books look at the early years of post-1900 baseball, from 1901 to 1920, what is popularly known as the dead ball era. The book covers one team per chapter, and the chapters are ordered based on each team's overall record during the era covered. Each chapter gives an overall review of how the team did during this period, and the authors pick an All Star lineup for each team. After this brief introduction, the remainder of each chapter is used to review the career and post career life of the more important individuals associated with the team during this period. The majority of individuals covered are players, but a few managers and even a few owners are given coverage. For anyone who has an interest in early twentieth century baseball, this book is a valuable reference source as well as simply an enjoyable read.
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Like its companion piece on the National League players, this book is the kind you can pick up, read a few stories (biographies) and then put down and then do the same the next day, on and on....and always enjoy what you're reading.

The book is comprised of very interesting short biographies of American League ballplayers who played a century ago in "The Deadball Era," The short bios of these players each have a couple of interesting things about the men, whether they were a big star or someone you never heard of. It was a tough period to play this sport and the men who endured (but loved) it are all fascinating in their own right.

The authors present honest accounts of the men, the good and the bad, the lucky and the unlucky. Both this book and the one on the NL are essential reading for anyone who loves baseball history.
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Some great insights to long ago baseball stars and the stories behind the stats. I have totally enjoyed this book.
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