John McGraw

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 358 pages
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"There has been only one manager-and his name is McGraw."-Connie Mack. "Diligently researched and artfully written, John McGraw illuminates not only the man but the transformation of America and its national pastime between 1890 and 1930."-San Francisco Chronicle. "Absorbing. . . . Alexander is a lively writer and a crisp storyteller."-New York Times. "From a historian of Alexander's stature one can expect more than just another sports book, and the result is not disappointing. With great erudition and meticulous research, he brings to life not only a game and its competitors but a whole period of U.S. history."-America. "Sports biography at its best: an entertaining, scholarly treatment of the life and times of a legendary figure. . . . Alexander portrays famed Giant manager John McGraw without sentimental bias."-Library Journal. "He ate gunpowder every morning, " complained one umpire, "and washed it down with warm blood." That described John McGraw, who in the 1890s was the rowdiest member of the ferocious Baltimore Orioles, the club that pioneered the hit-and-run, the cutoff, the squeeze play, and the "Baltimore chop." In 1902 he began his thirty-season reign as manager of the Giants, winning ten pennants-a record matched only by Casey Stengel. His career in baseball spanned forty years and two eras-from the game's raucous early days to its emergence as big business. Charles C. Alexander, a professor of history at Ohio University, Athens, and the author of Ty Cobb, calls John McGraw "perhaps the single most significant figure in baseball's history before Babe Ruth transformed the game with his mammoth home runs and unparalleled showmanship."
  

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Contents

As Good As They Come
19
The Old Orioles
32
Two Cities Two Leagues and Three Jobs
57
The Main Chance
82
The Toast of New York
94
Rebuilding and Barely Missing
119
The Little Napoleon
142
Around the World into the Cellar Back on Top
173
War Scandal and Charles Stoneham
203
A Troubled Dynasty
227
Seasons of Frustration
262
Giving It Up
288
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About the author (1995)

Charles C. Alexander is Professor of History at Ohio University. He is the author of a number of books including Here the Country Lies: Nationalism and the Arts in Twentieth-Century America and Holding the Line: The Eisenhower Era.

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