Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's "Flying Dutchman"

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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Regarded by many of his contemporaries as the greatest baseball player of all time, John Peter "Honus" Wagner enjoyed a remarkable career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His record of 17 consecutive .300-plus seasons is a mark that will probably never be broken. He led the National League eight times in hitting, six times in slugging percentage and five times in stolen bases. Known as the Flying Dutchman, he also excelled in the field, defining the shortstop position for a generation. Though one of the original inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has often been overlooked by baseball fans and historians. A humble man whose biggest passions were hunting and fishing, the Pirate shortstop lacked the flamboyance of a Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth. He rarely smoked or drank, though sometimes he indulged in a sandlot game with the neighborhood kids. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts, family scrapbooks and correspondence, and Wagner's own vestpocket notebooks, this is the story of baseball's first superstar.
  

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Today known simply as the man on the most expensive baseball card, Wagner was one of baseball's true elite. Hittner, part owner of a minor league franchise, makes use of a wide variety of sources in ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Ham and Eggs
3
As Good a Home as Any Boy in Carnegie
10
Tear Down the Grand Stand
18
Swamp Grass and Homesickness
27
Hail Hero Hannes
36
Louisville Slugger
49
The Mayor of the Bleachers
63
A Hundred Wives
148
The Gasoline Wagon
156
Every Dog Has His Day
164
Clash of the Titans
177
The Fallen Idol
192
A Mans Best Friend
201
He Cant Do More Than Three Mens Work
208
Bandages and Braces
213

The Homecoming
74
Pennant Comes to Pittsburgh
85
The Gumshoe Caper
99
Hercules of the Diamond
109
Amplitudinous and Triangular
127
Hey Barney
137
The Fish Commissioner
217
Have Mercy on the Criminal
223
Nursing Nickels
239
The Greatest of Them All
255
Bibliography
285
Copyright

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Arthur D. Hittner is a business attorney in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP. He is a longtime member of SABR and a former co-owner of the Lowell Spinners, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

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