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The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball Frank Deford

The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball

Frank Deford

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ISBN : 9780871138859
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240 pages
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In The Old Ball Game, Americas most beloved sportswriter, Frank Deford, masterfully chronicles how a friendship between two towering figures in baseball helped make the sport a national pastime. At the turn of the twentieth century, every AmericanMoreIn The Old Ball Game, Americas most beloved sportswriter, Frank Deford, masterfully chronicles how a friendship between two towering figures in baseball helped make the sport a national pastime. At the turn of the twentieth century, every American man wanted to be Christy Mathewson. One of baseballs first superstars, he was clean-cut, didnt pitch on the Sabbath, and rarely spoke a negative word about anyone. He also had one of the most devastating arms in all of baseball. New York Giants manager John McGraw, by contrast, was ferocious. Nicknamed the Little Napoleon, the pugnacious tough guy had been a star baseball player who helped develop the hit-and-run. When McGraw joined the Giants in 1902, the team was coming off its worst season ever. Yet within three years, Mathewson clinched New York Citys first World Series title by throwing three straight shutouts over six days, an incredible feat that is often called the greatest World Series performance ever. Frank Deford, a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and weekly commentator on NPRs Morning Edition, recounts the rise of baseballs first superstar, the Giants ascent into legend, and the sports transformation into a national obsession.