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Wicked Curve: The Life and Troubled Times of Grover Cleveland Alexander
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Following his baseball career Alexander spent a few years with the House of David baseball team and in a Times Square flea circus in which he regaled people with his strikeout of New York Yankee Tony Lazzeri in the 7th inning of the final game of the 1926 World Series. He spent his final days writing letters to his beloved ex-wife Aimee and hating his town of St. Paul, Nebraska, because they would not serve him any alcoholic beverages.Read more ›
In reviewing his life, Alexander observed that World War 1 ruined him, producing deafness in one ear and shrapnel (later cancer) in the other, exacerbating his epilepsy, and contributing to his mental and physical decline. After the war, he found solace in alcohol to relieve his war wounds and epileptic seizures. Alexander lived before medication and molecular nutrition existed to treat epilepsy; hence, he likely medicated himself with alcohol to forestall seizures. His wife, Aimee, pointed this out as did others. Skipper does not plump the psychological and mental effects of those debilitating chronic problems. He is long on disdain and short on compassion about Alexander's long-suffering life.
The book is clearly an unsympathetic and depressing portrait of a great pitcher who, unlike his Hall of Fame pitching peers, overcame insurmountable odds to continue winning games(193) after returning from the war during the last stretch of his career(1919-1930.) In proportion to what he accomplished vis-a-vis the top 300 game major league baseball pitchers, Alexander's outstanding achievements are frequently overlooked and forgotten today by baseball fans and sports writers. In this regard, some important facts and statistics are omitted from Skipper's book.Read more ›
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Heartbreaking story of an amazing pitcher. His problems were mostly brought on by his own actions, but WWI and accidents contributed. Excellent read.Published 14 months ago by Dana Walker
I found this book to be very interesting in that so much of its content focused on the life of Alexander after the limelight of his playing days and professional career. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dell Van Liew
Interesting and tragic story of one of Baseball's greatest pitchers. 373 wins; all while fighting alcoholism,PTSS and epilepsy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ray Taylor
Informative and yet sad. I wish the book went into more of his family life. I. E., why didn't he have children?Published 23 months ago by Mickey
I read this a couple of years ago, but it was very interesting and a good biographical read as I recall. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Frankly Frank
John C. Skipper's biography of Grover Cleveland Alexander ably follows the career of one of baseball's all-time greatest pitchers. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by alan bell
A straightforward account of Alexander's life, but there are many passages in which more detail would have enhanced the story. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Christinger Tomer