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The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – April 6, 2010
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The voices of the game's distant past continue to reverberate with a distinct freshness in Lawrence S. Ritter's The Glory of Their Times. An oral history of the game in the first two decades of the century, Glory sends out its impressive roster of players to tell their own stories, and what stories they tell--the story of their times as well as of their game; the scorecard includes Rube Marquard, Babe Herman, Stan Coveleski, Smoky Joe Wood, and Wahoo Sam Crawford. A delight from cover to cover, Glory is the next best thing to having been there in the days when the ball may have been dead, but the personalities were anything but. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Shortly after the death of legendary baseball player Ty Cobb in 1961, Ritter, armed with a portable tape recorder, attempted to obtain an oral history of early-20th-century baseball from Cobb's contemporaries. The edited transcription of the interviews he obtained became a best seller and went to several editions. This audio, accompanied by a 32-page booklet of photos, is a modern release (also available on CD) of Ritter's interviews with Fred Snodgrass, Sam Crawford, Hans Lobert, Rube Bressler, Chief Meyers, Davy Jones, Rube Marquard, Joe Wood, Lefty O'Doul, Jimmy Austin, Goose Goslin, and Bill Wambsganss, as selected by producers Henry W. Thomas and Neal McCabe. It is quirky, charming, witty, and fun. What a love for baseball they all had! An essential purchase for all sports audio collections.?Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Many of the stories I liked best in the book were of the "challenged player makes good" variety. Read about Smoky Joe Wood going from lights-out World Series champion starter to useful outfielder. Or Chief Meyers' & Hank Greenberg's stories about overcoming racial prejudice. Or 19 year old Paul Waner showing up at training camp with the San Francisco Seals and going from a sore-armed starter into a Hall of Fame outfielder. Or how Sam Crawford could be one of the most under-rated players in Major League history (despite being in the Hall of Fame) due to sharing the same outfield with Ty Cobb. Or how the deaf and mute "Dummy" Hoy overcame his seeming disabilities to craft a very good 14 year career. Stories like this are very seldom found in baseball books which focus on the stars of the day to the almost complete absence of everyone else.
As if the book needed anything else, the pictures that are included in the book are fabulous. One of the reviewers has already mentioned a photo of Walter Johnson casually standing next to friend Clyde Milan and almost all of the interviews include at least one photo of the player in question and also included are many of the players, teams, plays, and places that these old timers describe in almost unbelievable detail 30-40 years after the fact. It's useful to read the author's notes and the forward and he illustrates the path that he took in creating the book and states that much time was spent in corroborating the stories, plays, and stats that the players seemingly threw out off the tops of their heads. The glossary at the end of the book is also useful as a reference if you want to go back to a story about a particular player or team.
All put together, this book is an engrossing page turner which every baseball fan should own!
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