Big Dan Brouthers
Baseball’s First Great Slugger
About the Book
Described as “the Greatest Batsman in the Country” by sportswriters of his era, Dennis “Big Dan” Brouthers compiled a .342 batting average, tying with Babe Ruth for ninth place all-time, and slugged 205 triples, eighth all time, in 16 major league seasons. He won five batting and on-base percentage titles, and seven slugging titles, and was the first player to win batting and slugging crowns in successive years.
Although he ranked fourth among nineteenth-century home run hitters, many fair balls he hit into the stands or over the fence were counted only as doubles or triples due to local ground rules. Brouthers was extremely difficult to strike out—in 1889, for example, he did so just six times in 565 plate appearances. He was the first player to be walked intentionally on a regular basis.
This comprehensive biography of Dan Brouthers examines his life and career from his youth as an apprentice in a print and dye factory to his final years as an attendant at the Polo Grounds. It corrects numerous errors that have crept into earlier accounts of his life, and clarifies his position as one of the greatest hitters ever to play the game.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
One. The Wappingers Falls Boy: 1858–1880 3
Two. The Champion Batsman of the Country: 1881–1885 27
Three. Big Dan: 1886–1888 48
Four. Old Jed: 1889–1891 76
Five. Big Brother with the Stick: 1892–1895 96
Six. The Sage of Wappingers Falls: 1896–1906 119
Seven. The Once Famous Ball Player: 1907–1932 152
Epilogue: The Grand Old Man of the Game 177
Appendix A: Dan Brouthers’ Nicknames 183
Appendix B: Dan Brouthers’ Longest Hits 185
Appendix C: Dan Brouthers’ Major League Statistics 188
Chapter Notes 191
Book Reviews & Awards
“The latest installment in McFarland & Company’s line of definitive biographies of deserving players without them…. Kerr found many widespread, intransigent errors imbedded in the accepted life story of Brouthers.… [He] sets the record straight.”—Spitball.