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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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“All fans of baseball, all fans of a good story, will love this book."
— Professor Gordon Wood, Pulitzer and Bancroft Prize winner

“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

Following in the tradition of the sleeper bestseller Crazy ‘08, Fifty-Nine in '84 is the story of Charles Radbourn, a brilliant major league baseball pitcher who, in the 1884 season, won an astonishing 59 games, a record that has never been broken. Set against the backdrop of 19th century baseball, Fifty-Nine in '84 gives readers a glimpse of the dangerous and violent game that preceded the sport we enjoy today.

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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) —

Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Pure Grit is the best book out there on 19th-century baseball. Old Hoss Radbourn would be pleased that he is finally getting his due—and angry that it took so long. —Cait Murphy, author of CRAZY '08

“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: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 02/22/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

Fifty-nine in '84 by Edward Achorn

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