Fifty-nine In '84

Fifty-nine In '84

Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, And The Greatest Season A Pitcher Ever Had

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Smithsonian Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061825866
Branch Call Number: B RADBOURN
Characteristics: xv, 366 pages 8 unnumbered pages of plates:,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Oct 06, 2010

Achorn focuses on Charles "old Hoss" Radbourn one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history that most of today's fans, including this one, know nothing about.Achorn takes us back to a time when starting pitchers were expected to play the entire game and to pitch often, sometimes on consecutive days and sometimes even both ends of a doubleheader, as Radbourn pitching for the Providence, R.I. Grays did on Memorial Day (1884)winning both. Radbourn pitched 73 complete games and won 59 of them in 1884. An enjoyable and extremely eductional story about a time in baseball many fans know little or nothing about.


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