Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer

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McFarland, Apr 16, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 244 pages
Burleigh Grimes—forever to be remembered as the ill-tempered spitballer with the perpetual five o’clock shadow. For nearly two decades, he brought his surly disposition to the pitcher’s mound. His life-or-death mentality resulted in a reputation as one of the game’s great competitors and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along the way he suited up for eight different ball clubs and played alongside a record 36 Hall of Famers. Grimes spent more than half a century in professional baseball as a player, manager, coach and scout. This biography covers all aspects of his life, from his childhood in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, to his twilight years in that same town. In between are World Series highs and lows, brawls, five marriages, a near-death experience and 270 major league victories.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Donald Honig
1
Preface
5
Introduction
7
1 Northwoods Roots
9
2 From the Bottom to the Top 19121916
18
3 Problems in Pittsburgh 19161917
36
4 Boily in Brooklyn 19181921
48
5 Burleigh and the Dazzler 19221926
82
8 Grizzled Veteran 19321934
163
9 Still in the Game 19351964
178
10 The Hall Calls
200
11 Twilight Years
205
Appendix I Major League Statistics
211
Appendix II 36 Hall of Fame Teammates
214
Chapter Notes
215
Bibliography
222

6 Rejuvenation 19271929
118
7 Meet Me in St Louis 1930 1931
140

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About the author (2013)

Joe Niese is a librarian and member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. View his website at http://joeniese.com.

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