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Fifty-Nine In '84

Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

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In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding fifty-nine games—more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series.

Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War—a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win. Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.

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Critical Praise

?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 and devoted Red Sox fan) —

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061825873
  • ISBN 10: 0061825875
  • Imprint: Smithsonian
  • On Sale: 02/04/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

Fifty-Nine In '84 by Edward Achorn

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