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Mysteries from Baseball's Past: Investigations of Nine Unsettled Questions Paperback – September 17, 2010
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
This is a collection of nine essays which examine some of baseball's most elusive mysteries. The topics include the suicide of Harry Pulliam, three gambling scandals and the facts concerning the legendary matchup of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in the 1942 World Series. Did Gibson take a third strike from Paige with the bases loaded? Read Chapter 8 for the details. [Larry Lester] --The Courier, September 2010 (A Publication of SABR'S Negro Leagues Committee)
The book's essays are uniformly well-written, intelligently focused and entertaining.... The research, for the most part, appears both serious and thorough....[Gail Rowe] --The Inside Game, Vol. XI, No. 2, April 2011 (The Official Newsletter of SABR's Deadball Era Committee)
Each of the nine chapters is well-documented and researched, being both scholarly and readable, including numerous black-and-white photographs....The 10 contributors, both professors and authors, entertain as they educate, providing a resource that can be used for scholarly purposes, or read cover to cover for reading pleasure. This book is appropriate for any young adult or adult collection where there are baseball fans. [Sara Marcus] --American Reference Books Annual (2010)
"The research and writing are first-rate." --Jan Finkel, Vice Chairperson and Chief Editor of the Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project
About the Author
Angelo J. Louisa is a researcher, writer, and community educator who lives in Omaha, Nebraska. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he has contributed articles to books, periodicals, and websites. David Cicotello is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a contributor to its Deadball Stars volumes. He is a writer, teacher, and speaker living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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The book also includes Eddie Cicotte's role in the World Series fix of 1919. Detroit sportswriter Joe Falls did an interesting column in the 1960s on Cicotte when he visited the former pitcher at his home in suburban Detroit. This, however, is not mentioned in this book. Two other scandals of note are also covered. One involved the cruel hoax perpetrated on gullible New York Giants' rookie, Jimmy O'Connell by coach "Cozy" Dolan. Future Hall-of-Famers were part of this cruel prank as well. Another scandal involving Hall-of-Famers Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker is covered which involved two bitter antagonists American League President Ban Johnson and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Oddly enough there was no rule against players betting on baseball games at this time. This case led Landis to make the necessary change in the rule.
Who was the real villain in the Dodgers move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles? Brooklyn fans will probably forever vilify Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley, but perhaps the real blame should go to Robert Moses who was in charge of taking over land through eminent domain. Moses, who was no fan of sports, refused to work with O'Malley in acquiring a suitable site as a replacement for antiquated Ebbets Field, whereas Los Angeles officials were only too happy to work with the Dodgers' owner. This chapter gets quite technical involving politics, but perhaps an open-mind is needed before portraying O'Malley as the villain he has been painted since the Dodgers fled Brooklyn following the 1957 season.
Some of the stories are covered in recently released books such as Burying the Black Sox by Gene Carney and Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of A Baseball Legend by Timothy Gay. In some situations it is difficult to separate fact from fiction regarding some stories regarding baseball history. The adage which says never spoil a good story with the facts can play a part in the game's history as well.
I liked the book and the author's of each chapter don't claim to have all the answers to the questions they cover. The information is presented to the reader, and you are left to decide for yourself based on the available evidence.