- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Main Street Books; 1 edition (March 14, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385498829
- ISBN-13: 978-0385498821
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball Paperback – March 14, 2000
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"A rousing good story, a rich tapestry of charming rogues, hustlers, and gritty ballparks that brings to sparkling life the game of baseball as it was played a century ago."--Doris Kearns Goodwin
"A wonderfully intelligent combination of business and sports history. It possesses the pace, sense of character, and evocative power of a novel."--The Boston Globe
"This is a wonderful book, a fine historical account that not only throws light on some of the game's current issues--but also records the mercantile tradition and civic pride of one of America's earliest great cities."--Lee Smith, GQ
"Not only does Burt Solomon bring to life the legends of old-time baseball, he does so while detailing how the team owners double-crossed each other, stole players, and squeezed salaries to the bone. I discovered that the business of baseball at the turn of the century was as vicious and complicated as it is today."--Peter Golenbock, author of Bums
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, the legendary Baltimore Orioles of the National League [sic] under the tutelage of manager Ned Hanlon, perfected a style of play known as "scientific baseball," featuring such innovations as the sacrifice bunt, the hit- and-run, the squeeze play, and the infamous Baltimore chop. Its best hitter, Wee Willie Keeler, had the motto "keep your eye clear and hit 'em where they ain't"--which he did. He and his colorful teammates, fierce third-baseman John McGraw, avuncular catcher Wibert Robinson, and heartthrob center fielder Joe Kelly, won three straight pennants from 1894 to 1896. But the Orioles were swept up and ultimately destroyed in a business intrigue involving the political machines of three large cities and collusion with the ambitious men who ran the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. Burt Solomon narrates the rise and fall of this colorful franchise as a cautionary tale of greed and overreaching that speaks volumes as well about the enterprise of baseball a century later.
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Era, with the years from 1903-1919, but another wild time was the 1890s, highlighted by the amazing Baltimore Orioles. There was only one league then: the National League.
This account of that period, the Orioles and the team's best hitter, "Wee Willie" Keeler, is a good read for all fans who love baseball history. Keeler was not just a fantastic hitter but a really interesting man. Of course, so was half the team led by the even-more-famous third baseman-later-turned-manager John McGraw.
Author Burt Solomon did his homework. The Orioles and all their ups and downs are detailed both on and off the ballfield. The business end of baseball was brutal back then (not that it's ever been admirable). Sometimes the book gets bogged down with all the financial dealings but overall it's a good read. It makes you shake your in amazement and frustration how stupid baseball was run and how bad a shake the city of Baltimore and its team got. In other words, similar to the stupidity of today's baseball "leadership" where they start World Series games at 10 o'clock at night, as we just witnessed.
All the stories about the "cranks" along with the crazy bloodthirsty Orioles were fun. I'm telling you: baseball fans who ignore the early days of the sport are missing out on the some of the greatest sports stories of all time. You almost can't go wrong reading about anything that happened on the diamond between 1890 and 1920.
"Where They Ain't" is a famous baseball quote from Keeler, who was asked the secret to this hitting. "Just hit `em where they (the fielders) ain't," he replied. Sounds good to me.
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