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Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball Hardcover – February 28, 2004
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In the 1890's, the Phillies had one of the best teams ever to be featured on a baseball diamond. None the less, they were never able to put together a champion. Most of the blame should go to the Phillies owners, who insisted on paying their players far below their worth, and the hiring of string after string of bad managers, not to mention constant inteferance with said managers by the Front Office.
Of Course, the players didn't have much say in any of these things. They could do what they did on the playing field, but a pay raise was hard to come by. In fact, many players saw their salaries go the other way during the 1890's. The reserve clause bound you to your team, and the others in the league weren't allowed to sign you. This set of circumstances led to the creation of the short lived Player's League in the early part of the 1890's and later the formation of the American League in 1901. (At least in part.)
Ed was one of the many great Irish players in baseball at the time. The Irish far outnumbered any other minority in baseball during this period. Irish Ed was one of the greatest players of his (or any other) time, and other teams repeatedly offered the Phillies rather large sums of money in exchange for Big Ed. Ed batted over .Read more ›
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As a lifelong Phillies fan, I have always been fascinated by Delahanty. Before discovering Jerrold Casway's book, my Ed Delahanty knowledge consisted mostly of the basic facts --... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Eddie Smith
First rate book on the life and tragedy that was Ed Delahanty, Cleveland's first sports hero. I would recommend this book.Published on August 29, 2013 by st.louis
This is a well written book on the life of Ed Delehanty and the Delahanty family. It is thoroughly researched. I could not put this book down once I started reading it.Published on September 17, 2006 by Thomas Zocco
I just finished reading Jerrold Casway's epic work which focuses on the life, times and career of "contract-jumper" Ed Delahanty, little-known (at least to me, up until I read this... Read morePublished on August 31, 2005 by Timothy J. Fitzgerald
While this biography of a fine, mysterious player is adequate, Casway's assertion that 19th Century baseball was an "Emerald Age," due to Irish dominance is ludicrous. Read morePublished on July 26, 2005 by DVDJones
ED DELAHANTY-THE ONLY MAN TO WIN THE BATTING TITLE IN BOTH THE NATIONAL AND AMERICAN LEAGUES (1899 AND 1902)WITH THE PHILLIES AND SENATORS DIED A TRAGIC DEATH IN 1903. Read morePublished on June 27, 2004 by Alphonse Dattolo
Forget the sour grapes of that other review, this is a superb baseball history. It is extemely well researched with an incredible amount of information in a very readable package. Read morePublished on June 24, 2004
As the author of a later 2004 release, 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, I was... Read morePublished on May 3, 2004 by Howard W. Rosenberg