Kid Nichols: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher

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McFarland, Nov 8, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 270 pages
This is the first full-length biography of Kid Nichols (1869-1953), who won 30 or more games a record seven times and was the youngest pitcher to reach 300 career victories. Much new light is shed on Nichols' early life in Madison, Wisconsin, along with important influences and experiences as a teenager living in Kansas City. Nichols' professional career is documented by drawing heavily from publications of the era and his own words. The high regard in which he was held by fans, teammates and even opponents is contrasted with his contentious relationship with team owners. Nichols' period of restlessness, ambition and risk-taking following his long stint with Boston's National League team is detailed, as is the campaign to get him into the Hall of Fame. The book includes previously unpublished photos from his descendants' archives, many more than a century old.
 

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Contents

Preface
2
Before Charles
5
2 Kid Nichols as a Kid
12
3 KC and PreMLB
18
4 Boston Was Boastin
38
5 Regrouping and Rebuilding
70
6 Twirling Twilight?
107
7 Curveballs and Comebacks
140
8 Choices and Changeups
175
9 Calm in Kansas City
196
10 The Kid and Cooperstown
201
11 Commemorating the Kid
228
Chapter Notes
233
Bibliography
248
Index
251
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Richard Bogovich, a contributor to the Society for American Baseball Research’s Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the Nineteenth Century (2012), is executive director of the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership in southeastern Minnesota. He lives in Rochester.

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