The Major League Pennant Races of 1916: “The Most Maddening Baseball Melee in History”

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McFarland, Jan 12, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 319 pages
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Baseball at its best is a combination of chess match and gladiatorial combat, waged over a long season but turning on split-second decisions and physical instincts. The 1916 season demonstrated the drama that made the sport the national pastime: tight pennant races, multiple contenders, record-breaking performances, and controversy, both on and off the field. Ten of the 16 teams battled for first place, four pitchers started and won both games of a doubleheader, Babe Ruth pitched on Opening Day, and players from the Federal League became the sport’s first free agents. The book features full rosters, player biographies, statistics, photographs and an appendix of the sportswriters who chronicled the season.

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I have only took a glance of a few pages about my Great Uncle Chick Shorten. The he opened the 1916 season in the first game with Babe Ruth on the mound. And Casey Stengel once threw him out in a game. Also that his force out scored the winning run against Walter Johnson. I like the team picture of the Boston team. I have an 8 by 10 World Series photo where they used this picture.  


I Carrigans news was unbelievable but it was true
II He couldnt hit an elephant with a banjo
III A new order was at hand
IV Id like to do it for Rowlands sake
V A perfect imitation of a left handed fat lady sweeping out a dead mouse
VI Imbued with the idea the pennant is theirs
VII All of them were wild with enthusiasm
VIII Third in the National League this day and date with much thirdness
X Like a thunderstorm the riot broke out
XI There was not much fight in them after that
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IX A less courageous outfit would have curled up and died

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Paul G. Zinn is a sales manager for a virtual communications software company and was a sportswriter at three daily newspapers. He lives in Acton, Massachusetts. A long time member of the Society for American Baseball Research, John G. Zinn is the author of three books about the Brooklyn Dodgers and numerous articles and essays about the history of baseball. His blog on baseball history can be found at

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