Fifty-nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

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Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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“All fans of baseball, all fans of a good story, will love this book."
— Professor Gordon Wood, Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize winner

“This is a beautifully written, meticulously researched story about a bygone baseball era that even die-hard fans will find foreign, and about a pitcher who might have been the greatest of all time.” — Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer prize-winning historian

Following in the tradition of the sleeper bestseller Crazy ‘08, Fifty-Nine in '84 is the story of Charles Radbourn, a brilliant major league baseball pitcher who, in the 1884 season, won an astonishing 59 games, a record that has never been broken. Set against the backdrop of 19th century baseball, Fifty-Nine in '84 gives readers a glimpse of the dangerous and violent game that preceded the sport we enjoy today.

 

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Most Amazing Baseball Story you Never Knew!!!

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Author Ed Achorn has taken what is, arguably, both the most incredible season any pitcher in baseball has ever had as well as the least heralded feat in a game where statistics are legend, and shed ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Old Hoss is Ready
1
the importance of Grit
7
am a Pitcher
16
Raging tearing booming
29
lucky Man
46
treasure from the Gold country
60
brimstone and treacle
73
Pneumonia Weather
88
an ugly disposition
149
Rendezvous of the Wayward
168
crackup
179
drunk enough to be stupid
193
the severe Wrenching
208
inward laughs
230
epilogue called Out by the inexorable umpire
281
acknowledgments
303

shes Yours Rad
102
Red Fire
118
a Working Girl
136
sources and notes
319
index
357
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Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for distinguished commentary, is the deputy editorial pages editor of the Providence Journal.

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