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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.

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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: #1,114,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Steinberg is a baseball historian of the early 20th century. During the time he sold his family's 80-year-old apparel business in 1998, his ten-year-old son was collecting baseball cards, and Steve rediscovered his 1950s Topps baseball cards. He quickly reconnected with the game he loved as a child and turned to baseball research and writing, nurturing his passion for baseball history. His focus is on bringing back long-forgotten personalities --recovering them--by telling their stories and thus having them discovered once again.

Steve collaborated on a book with author Lyle Spatz, 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York. The book was awarded the 2011 Seymour Medal as the best baseball book (history and biography) of 2010. In spring 2007 Steve received the 2007 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, awarded for his article on Christy Mathewson, "Matty and the Browns: A Window onto the AL-NL War of 1901-1902." It was published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture in 2006.

Steve's book, Baseball in St. Louis 1900-1925, was published by Arcadia in 2004. He has contributed to a number of other books, including The St. Louis Baseball Reader, Play It Again: Baseball Experts on What Might Have Been, Deadball Stars of the American League and Deadball Stars of the National League. He has delivered papers at national conferences and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and has lectured at Elderhostel's Baseball: A Game for the Ages in Florida and on Holland America Cruise Lines, as well as at the Missouri Historical Society and the Mercantile Library of St. Louis. Steve also co-organized a Casey Stengel panel at the Museum of the City of New York in 2011.

A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Steve has written articles for the publications of the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees, including the 2005 and 2006 Yankees Yearbooks. He has published articles in many journals, including NINE, The National Pastime, Baseball Research Journal, and Gateway, the magazine of the Missouri Historical Society.

Steve and Lyle are now working on a book on New York Yankees' owner Jacob Ruppert and manager Miller Huggins, who laid the foundation for future Yankees greatness in the 1920s. Steve's web site, is a wealth of baseball history. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Colleen. Their three children have moved on to college and beyond, and return to visit on a regular basis.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Winslow Bunny on April 5, 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on August 27, 2010
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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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O. Spencer on April 10, 2007
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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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