Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baseball's Dyanasties and The Players Who Built Them by Jonathan Weeks ** Book Blast**

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About the Book:

Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them
Author: Jonathan Weeks
Publisher: Rowan and Littlefield
Pages: 408
Genre: Sports History

Baseball has had its fair share of one-and-out champions,
but few clubs have dominated the sport for any great length of time. Given the
level of competition and the expansive length of the season, it is a remarkable
accomplishment for a team to make multiple World Series appearances in a short
timespan. From the Baltimore Orioles of the 1800s who would go to any length to
win—including physically accosting opponents—to the 1934 Cardinals known as the
“Gashouse Gang” for their rough tactics and determination, and on to George
Steinbrenner’s dominant Yankees of the late twentieth century, baseball’s
greatest teams somehow found a way to win year after year.

Spanning three centuries of the game, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players
Who Built Them
examines twenty-two of baseball’s most iconic teams. Each
chapter not only chronicles the club’s era of supremacy, but also provides an
in-depth look at the players who helped make their teams great. Nearly two
hundred player profiles are included, featuring such well-known stars as Joe
DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Pete Rose, as well as players who
were perhaps overshadowed by their teammates but were nonetheless vital to
their team’s reign, such as Pepper Martin, Allie Reynolds, and George Foster.

With a concluding chapter that profiles the clubs that were on the cusp of
greatness, Baseball’s Dynasties and the Players Who Built Them is a
fascinating survey of what makes some teams dominate year after year while
others get only a small taste of glory before falling to the wayside. Written
in a lively style with amusing anecdotes and colorful quotes, this
comprehensive book will be of interest to all fans and historians of baseball.

For More

  • Baseball’s Dynasties and

  •      the Players Who Built Them is available at Amazon.

  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

  • Book Excerpt:

    With a roster full of superstars, the Orioles captured three
    straight pennants from 1894–1896. They followed with a pair of near misses,
    placing second in 1897 and 1898. Along the way, they developed a reputation as one
    of the nastiest teams in baseball. John Heydler, an umpire who would later
    ascend to the NL presidency, described the Orioles of the 1890s as “mean,
    vicious, ready at any time to maim a rival player or an umpire.” Infielder John
    McGraw was proud of that distinction. “We’d go tearing into a bag with flying
    spikes as though with murderous intent,” he boasted. “We were a cocky,
    swashbuckling crew and wanted everybody to know it.”

    Pirates great Honus Wagner manufactured a tall tale about a
    harrowing trip around the bases against the Orioles. After driving a ball deep
    into the outfield, he claimed to have been tripped at first base by Jack Doyle
    and then knocked flat by Hughie Jennings at second. Climbing to his feet, he
    lumbered toward third, only to find John McGraw holding a shotgun on him. “You
    stop right there!” McGraw allegedly bellowed. Although Wagner’s story is
    obviously apocryphal, numerous reliable accounts confirm the fact that the
    Orioles resorted to underhanded tactics regularly. When they weren’t physically
    accosting opponents, they were treating them to streams of verbal abuse. Baltimore
    players were so free in their use of profanity that a resolution was adopted in
    1898, imposing mandatory expulsions upon anyone using “villainously foul”

    Even the groundskeepers at Baltimore
    were deceitful. Soap flakes were mixed with the soil around the pitcher’s mound
    to make the hands of opposing hurlers slippery when they reached into the dirt.
     Orioles moundsmen knew to keep untainted soil in their pockets. The
    infield was mixed with clay and rarely watered, creating a surface not unlike
    cement. Baltimore players chopped down on the ball, creating dramatically high
    hops that gave them a head start to first base (hence, the origin of the term
    Baltimore chop). The outfield was ruddy and riddled with weeds. Outfielders
    allegedly kept extra balls hidden out there in the event that the ones in play
    eluded them.

    About the Author

    spent most of his life in the Capital District area of New
      York. He earned a degree in psychology from SUNY
    Albany. In 2004, he migrated to Malone, NY.
    He continues to gripe about the frigid winter temperatures to the present day.
    A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he writes about the
    game because he lacked the skill to play it professionally. He still can't hit
    a curve ball or lay off the high heat. Baseball’s Dynasties is his fourth
    nonfiction work.

    For More Information

    • Visit Jonathan Weeks’ website.

    • Connect with Jonathan on Facebook

    •      and Goodreads.

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