Wicked Curve: The Life and Troubled Times of Grover Cleveland Alexander (Google eBook)

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McFarland, May 18, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 244 pages
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When in 1911 Phillies pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander set the National League record for wins by a rookie (28), it was a sign of things to come. Alexander went on to win 373 games over his 20-year career, the third highest total in major league history, and he would lead the league in ERA four times, shutouts seven times, complete games six times, and wins six times. But he also became a deeply troubled man. After the Shell-Shocked pitcher returned from World War I, he would battle alcoholism, epilepsy, and personal demons that damaged his reputation and proved disastrous for his life outside of baseball. This biography sheds new light on the pitcher and the man, focusing on Alexander's personal life, especially his complex relationship with his wife, Aimee, as well as their marriages and divorces. His Hall of Fame career, wartime service, and long decline are also documented.
  

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Great detail about GCA's final days. Interesting baseball tales throughout. Read full review

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An interesting book about the life and times of one of the National League's greatest pitchers, Grover Cleveland Alexander. A wonderful book for anyone who likes to read about baseball players abd baseball history. Read full review

Contents

Alone in a Crowd
3
A Stones Throw Away
9
A Big League Pitcher
21
A Pennant Flies in Philadelphia
40
Nobody Does It Better
56
The Changing of the Uniforms
68
The Cub Years
78
Managerial MerryGoRound and McCarthy
98
When the Cheering Stopped
145
The Long Road Downhill
152
Brother Can You Spare Me a Dime?
166
The Last Hurrah
176
Coming Home
186
Bottom of the Ninth
198
Lifetime Statistics
211
Notes
213

A Strikeout for the Ages
110
Forty Years Old and Counting
124
The End of the Road
136
Bibliography
223
Index
231
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About the author (2006)

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

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