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Ee-yah: The Life And Times Of Hughie Jennings, Baseball Hall Of Famer Paperback – May 10, 2005
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Hughie Jennings also found time to pick up a law degree and coach the St. Bonaventure college baseball team. Following the end of his playing career he managed the Detroit Tigers from 1907-1920. Although the Tigers won three straight pennants from 1907-1909 they were on the losing end in each of the World Series.
I did find an occasional error with the omission of a word in a sentence or an incorrect word (there are two errors on page 164) in addition to some other pages but this in no way subtracted from the scholarship of the book. Hughie completed his baseball career with his old Oriole pal John McGraw and the New York Giants.
Hughie Jennings is an honored member of baseball's Hall of Fame and author Jack Smiles is to be commended for writing this biography of this often overlooked player.
There are areas of question pertaining to Jennings's competence as a manager and reports of alcoholism that the author never really touched upon. These stories have their foundation from interviews provided by players that were managed by Jennings in his Detroit Tigers days (Davy Jones, Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb, Germany Schaeffer, Donie Bush, and George Moriarty as some). The accusations were significant and potentially damaging to his name and character, but yet no real mention by the author, who presented a view of Jennings as perhaps someone more than he actually was? Not sure whether the author was aware of the accusations at the time or simply paid no heed to them and considered them false? Either way, the accusations persist to this day and a good opportunity to really make this book stand out may have been missed. Regardless, the book as presented on its own merits is very nicely written and the content flows equally well. A book definitely worth reading.