Baseball’s Traveling Man
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About the Book
For three decades, Louis Norman “Bobo” Newsom (1907–1962) was one of the most well-known pitchers in baseball. Frequently quoted by sportswriters, he appeared in all the popular sports publications as well as on Wheaties boxes and bubblegum cards, and was the undisputed star of the 1940 World Series.
Despite his success, he was sold or traded 14 times during his 20-year career. He pitched for nine of 16 Major League teams—including five stints with the Washington Senators—and made sports headlines nearly every year for holding out, being suspended or traded. In an era when players seldom changed teams more than once and rarely defied authority, Newsom seemed always at odds with the powers that be.
Drawing on interviews with family, friends and former teammates, this first full-length biography of Newsom takes an entertaining look at the life and career of one of sports’ most memorable characters. Despite his nickname and nonstop antics, Bobo was much more than a clown, and gave more to the game than he ever got from it.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by Mark Langill 1
One. Hartsville, South Carolina (1907–1927) 9
Two. Raleigh to Brooklyn, via Greenville, Wilmington and Mobile (1928–1929) 22
Three. New York to Los Angeles, via Brooklyn, Jersey City, Mobile, Little Rock and Chicago (1930–1933) 31
Four. St. Louis to Washington, D.C. (1934–1935) 49
Five. Washington to Boston (1936–1937) 67
Six. St. Louis to Detroit (1938–1939) 85
Seven. Detroit (1940) 102
Eight. Detroit to Washington to Brooklyn (1941–1942) 128
Nine. Brooklyn to St. Louis to Washington (1943) 146
Ten. Philadelphia to Washington (1944–1946) 161
Eleven. New York to Hartsville (1947–1948) 179
Twelve. Chattanooga to Birmingham to Washington to Philadelphia (1949–1953) 189
Thirteen. Baltimore to Washington to Winter Park to Hartsville (1954–1962) 205
Chapter Notes 219
Book Reviews & Awards
“During a long career in baseball, Bobo Newsom provided more than his fair share of quality pitching (for his teams), colorful quotes (for the sportwriters) and continual headaches (for management). Thanks to Jim McConnell, we finally have a biography worthy of this wonderful character.”—Mark Armour, founder of SABR’s Baseball Biography Project.