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"A real treat...an authoritative, well-researched baseball book, recommended for anyone who truly loves the game." --Ken Paulson, editor USA Today

"Exhaustive research...a treasure trove of obscure and forgotten facts...highly readable and praiseworthy biography." --Richard Lindberg, White Sox historian and author of The White Sox Encyclopedia

"A great read." --Gary Dolphin, Sportscaster

"Meticulously researched." --Telegraph Herald

"Offers the first full biography of Faber." --Sports Collectors Digest

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Brian E. Cooper is the executive editor and editorial board chairman of the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). His 2007 biography of Red Faber was a finalist for the Larry Ritter Award. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he lives in Dubuque.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786427213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786427215
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chase on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was born in Dubuue where my father was a sports reporter for the Times Journal. In later years he would relate stories, some of which are brought to life again by this story about RED. I also was in Chi town in August 1933 when the Sox and Yankes went 18. I sat through all 18 and often have wished that I could rememder more. I thought it was still light enough for more, but it was called anyway. I am sure that it was a get away day for the yankees and they had to rush to make the train. I also was a batboy for the Guttenberg Gaints in the late 30'3 when they played in Cascade. What great memories from this great story
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Skipper on February 25, 2007
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Brian Cooper's book, Red Faber, is more than just a biography of a great baseball pitcher. It is filled with insights into the baseball world of Faber's era -- the era of the spitball, Babe Ruth and the infamous "Black Sox" scandal of 1919, among other things. Cooper tells a story that begins in the little town of Cascade, Iowa, weaves its way through a baseball career that saw Faber win 254 games, and peaks when Faber was elected to the Hall of Fame. It is a thoroughly enjoyable book that makes the reader realize that Red Faber was one of those "what if" ballplayers. What if he had not been sidelined for the 1919 World Series? Would the White Sox have won, despite the fix? What if he had not played for such bad ballclubs in the 1920s -- would he have won 300 games? One thing is for certain. This book belongs on every baseball history buff's bookshelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.J.Cole on February 11, 2007
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This is an excellent book if a person is interested in baseball and how the game was played years ago. The author did a fantastic job of describing a real baseball talent, Red Faber and his life story.

It was a walk down memory lane for me as I grew up in the same neighborhood as his family on the Southwest side of Chicago. I loved going over to his house and seeing the signed baseballs, the trophies and the numerous signed letters he received over the years.

This is a fun read and the book contains some great snapshots!

Mary Jane Cole
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