Blackball, the Black Sox, and the Babe
Baseball’s Crucial 1920 Season
About the Book
Nineteen-twenty was a crucial year not just for the Chicago White Sox but for the game of baseball, in the aftermath of the 1919 World Series scandal. This work is both a collective biography of four individuals whose careers in baseball were forever altered in 1920 and an examination of the 1920 baseball season as a whole. It highlights four legendary personalities—Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the longtime commissioner of Major League Baseball; Babe Ruth, the great pitcher and slugger who changed the game forever; Buck Weaver, the true lone innocent among the Black Sox players who threw the 1919 World Series; and Rube Foster, the fine pitcher, imaginative manager, and great administrator of blackball who founded the Negro National League. Key events that affected the season and the history of baseball are discussed.
Nineteen-twenty was the year that Ruth shattered his own home run record and began a hitting spree that brought in record numbers of fans to the ballparks. It was the year that Rube found a way for large numbers of African-Americans to play the game meaningfully, before loyal crowds, despite Jim Crow laws that kept them out of the majors and minors.
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About the Author(s)
Robert C. Cottrell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
Table of Contents
1. America’s Greatest Game 5
2. The People’s Judge 15
3. The Old Roman’s Club 29
4. The Biggest Man in Baseball 44
5. Jim Crow Baseball 59
6. Postwar America and the National Pastime 73
7. In the Eye of the Storm 96
8. The National Commission and Baseball’s Achilles’ Heel 120
9. The Sale of Babe 132
10. A Season of Courage: Rube Foster and a League of His Own 141
11. A Season of Grace: Babe in Pinstripes 154
12. A Season of Fortitude: Tris’s and Robbie’s Men of Summer 181
13. A Season of Infamy: Gambling and the Chicago White Sox 195
14. The Scandal Unveiled and One Innocent Amid the Black Sox 214
15. Savior of the Game: Baseball’s Great Dictator 233
15. Savior of the Game: Baseball’s Great Dictator 73
16. The Season After 250
17. Legacies 268
Book Reviews & Awards
“meticulous…recommended”—Library Journal; “he skillfully weaves his four biographies to chronicle a crucial season that changed baseball”—Sports Collectors Digest; “a collective biography of some of the biggest figures in 1920 baseball”—The SABR Bulletin.