Cap Anson: The Grand Old Man of Baseball

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McFarland, Mar 1, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 346 pages
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Cap Anson's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame sums up his career with admirable simplicity: "The greatest hitter and greatest National League player-manager of the 19th century." Anson helped make baseball the national pastime. He hit over .300 in all but three of his major league seasons, and upon his retirement in 1897, he held the all-time records for games played, times at bat, hits, runs scored, doubles and runs batted in. For much of his career, he also served as manager of the National League's Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs), winning five pennants and finishing in the top half of the league in 15 of his 19 seasons. Anson's career coincided with baseball's rise to prominence. As the sport's first superstar, he was one of the best known and most widely admired men in the United States. He took advantage of his fame, starring in a Broadway play and touring on the vaudeville circuit. He toured England, Europe, Egypt, and Australia, introducing baseball throughout the world. Regrettably, he also vehemently opposed the presence of African Americans in the game and played a significant role in its segregation in the 1880s. From Marshalltown, Iowa, to superstar status, this work traces the life and times of Anson and the growth of the national pastime.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Beginnings
3
From Marshalltown to Rockford
16
The Philadelphia Athletics
29
Across the Ocean
41
William Hulbert and the White Stockings
53
Manager in Training
68
Captain of the Chicagos
81
The Brotherhood War
188
A Disputed Pennant Race
203
The Grand Old Man
214
Anson and His Colts
225
Cap Anson on Broadway
239
The Final Season
252
An Unemployed Manager
265
Baseball Business and Politics
278

Champions of the National League
94
Controversy
107
Back on Top
120
King of Kickers
133
A New Beginning
145
Second Place
158
Around the World
172
The Best I Can
292
Epilogue
306
Cap Ansons First Professional Baseball Contract
313
Chapter Notes
319
Bibliography
329
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About the author (1997)

David L. Fleitz, author of eight books on baseball history, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. A computer systems analyst, he lives in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.

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