- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 1st Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803271824
- ISBN-13: 978-0803271821
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
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The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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"The very best history includes a compelling story replete with seminal characters, provides thorough research (including extensive footnotes and bibliography) and combines a masterful understanding of the era with a vivid style. When a century-old subject continues to inspire debate and controversy, there's no doubt that the reading public anxiously awaits the definitive treatment from just the right author. Rick Huhn is that author, and The Chalmers Race is that subject."—Spitball (Spitball)
"A well-researched, entertaining read."—Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune (Bob D’Angelo Tampa Tribune 2014-11-05)
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Regarding the cover photo, I think Huhn could have stated why Cobb and Lajoie refused to sit behind the wheel. Superstitions were far more prevalent in those days and were a key factor in their refusal to sit together in the front seat. If both sat in the front seat one of them would have to sit behind the wheel - a jinx that worried both players.
The Chalmers Race, though, is a superb book about one of baseball's most shameful episodes and the Deadball Era itself.
Rick Huhn has done an extensive amount of research in bringing to light the 1910 baseball season and its batting title race. Although there has been a batting title winner ever since the statistic was first recorded in 1876, this season’s winner would drive off in a brand new Chalmers automobile. That fact alone would draw any crank’s interest but the fact that the race involved two of baseball’s emerging superstars, Cobb and Lajoie, made the race front page news all across the country. And, of course, it came down to the last game of the season, which is where all the trouble started.
Ty Cobb, with his club’s permission, skipped the last two games – seemingly with the title in hand. Napoleon Lajoie, in a meaningless double header with the St. Louis Browns, suspiciously garnered eight hits in the two games. Enter American League President Ban John son, with the last and final word in the decision. The results are still being debated.
This is the story of baseball when the fix was usually “in”, score keeping and statistics keeping were haphazard at best and human foibles definitely took their part. Huhn has done a remarkable job in presenting all of the facts in an entertaining story. The Chalmers Race belongs on every cranks’ bookshelf.