Big and Little Poison: Paul and Lloyd Waner, Baseball Brothers (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Dec 9, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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The Waner brothers, Paul and Lloyd--also known as "Big Poison" and "Little Poison"--played together for fourteen seasons in the same Pittsburgh outfield in the 1920s and 1930s. More than half a century after retiring, they still rank as the best-hitting brothers in major league history with a combined 5,611 hits--517 more than the three Alou brothers, 758 more than the three DiMaggio brothers, and 1,400 more than the five Delahanty brothers. And both Waners are in the Hall of Fame, the only playing brothers so honored. This work tells the story of the Waner brothers from their early lives in Oklahoma through their playing days, which included a World Series against the legendary 1927 New York Yankees. It is also the story of two American eras: the Roaring Twenties and the Depression years. Both put up impressive numbers individually: Paul amassed 3,152 hits, and his .333 lifetime average ranks among the highest ever in the game. Lloyd, a lifetime .316 hitter, collected 2,459 hits, and had it not been for health problems, he might have cleared the 3,000 hit milestone as well. Together, they were baseball heroes.
  

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Contents

Introduction
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Go West Young Seal
22
Smoky City Blues
36
Roaring Baseball
41
Big and Little Poison
64
Appalachian Stomp
83
Rough Seas for the Pirate Ship
102
The Cruel Business
112
The Last Great One
184
Shadow Ball and the Gloamin
192
Requiem for a Lost Season
206
Go Gently Into the Night
215
Farewell Steel City
226
A Hallowed Hitsmith
236
Wearying War Years
246
End of Encores
256

The Exploding Universe
126
The Return of the Dead Ball
135
Pennant Hopes and Misadventures
144
The Curiosity of the League
153
Celebrating the Common Man
160
The Bambinos Last Hurrah
167
Hoisting the Black Flag
179
The Professor of Batting
263
Little Poison Goes Home
283
Without My Spikes
293
From Corncobs to Cooperstown
299
Career Statistics
310
Sources
312
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Clifton Blue Parker is a magazine editor at the University of California, Davis, and a former newspaper journalist and Congressional press secretary. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Davis, California.

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