Tris Speaker: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend

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Globe Pequot, Mar 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
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All serious baseball fans know the name of Tris Speaker. A Hall of Fame hitter, Speaker compiled a career batting average of .345-career--5th all-time best and tallied more doubles than anyone in history. But Speaker was so much more than just a Hall of Fame hitter. As baseball historian Richard Johnson says, "Speaker was Willie Mays before there was Willie Mays." Regarded by his peers as the greatest center fielder of all time, Speaker's range was so great that his outfield area was known as the place "where triples went to die." He still holds the all-time records for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays by an outfielder. A World Series winner as both a player and a player-manager, Speaker devised the modern-day platoon system and also the infield rotation play. The Texas native and descendant of Confederate soldiers would also go on to tutor Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League.

The author offers an honest look at Speaker's larger-than-life, roughshod, frontier-forged personality. Simply stated, Tris Speaker is the long-overdue biography of one of the best players of all time.
  

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User Review  - burnit99 - LibraryThing

Tris Speaker has been nearly forgotten by all but the baseball literati, but the author makes a very convincing case that he was a better outfielder than Joe DiMaggio, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Roberto ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhenry11 - LibraryThing

It's a question that's dogged baseball fans for nearly 150 years Who's the greatest center fielder? There have been many center fielders who have been merely outstanding, from Mantle to Mays to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
October 1912
7
Texas Frontier Child
29
Texas Leaguer
42
Boston 1908
54
Early Years in Boston
71
Championship Season
97
Last Years in Boston
124
World Champion Manager
182
Scandal
224
Banished Hero
249
Twilight
274
Notes
293
Bibliography
301
Index
305
Copyright

Early Years in Cleveland
160

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About the author (2007)

Timothy M. Gay is a writer based in northern Virginia. His essays and articles on the Civil War, politics, baseball, college basketball, and golf have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, and other publications.

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