Big and Little Poison: Paul and Lloyd Waner, Baseball Brothers

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McFarland, Dec 9, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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The Waner brothers, Paul and Lloyd--also known as "Big Poison" and "Little Poison"--played together for fourteen seasons in the same Pittsburgh outfield in the 1920s and 1930s. More than half a century after retiring, they still rank as the best-hitting brothers in major league history with a combined 5,611 hits--517 more than the three Alou brothers, 758 more than the three DiMaggio brothers, and 1,400 more than the five Delahanty brothers. And both Waners are in the Hall of Fame, the only playing brothers so honored. This work tells the story of the Waner brothers from their early lives in Oklahoma through their playing days, which included a World Series against the legendary 1927 New York Yankees. It is also the story of two American eras: the Roaring Twenties and the Depression years. Both put up impressive numbers individually: Paul amassed 3,152 hits, and his .333 lifetime average ranks among the highest ever in the game. Lloyd, a lifetime .316 hitter, collected 2,459 hits, and had it not been for health problems, he might have cleared the 3,000 hit milestone as well. Together, they were baseball heroes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Corncob Balls and Branch Bats
7
2 Go West Young Seal
23
3 Smoky City Blues
37
4 Roaring Baseball
42
5 Big and Little Poison
65
6 Appalachian Stomp
84
7 Rough Seas for the Pirate Ship
103
16 The Last Great One
185
17 Shadow Ball and the Gloamin
193
18 Requiem for a Lost Season
207
19 Go Gently Into the Night
216
20 Farewell Steel City
227
21 A Hallowed Hitsmith
237
22 Wearying War Years
247
23 End of Encores
257

8 The Cruel Business
113
9 The Exploding Universe
127
10 The Return of the Dead Ball
136
11 Pennant Hopes and Misadventures
145
12 The Curiosity of the League
154
13 Celebrating the Common Man
161
14 The Bambinos Last Hurrah
168
15 Hoisting the Black Flag
180
24 The Professor of Batting
264
25 Little Poison Goes Home
284
26 Without My Spikes
294
27 From Corncobs to Cooperstown
300
Career Statistics
311
Sources
313
Index
321
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Clifton Blue Parker is a magazine editor at the University of California, Davis, and a former newspaper journalist and Congressional press secretary. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Davis, California.

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