Early Wynn, the Go-Go White Sox and the 1959 World Series

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About the Book

This is the story of how the hapless Chicago White Sox, badly hurt by the banning of players after the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, floundered until the 1950s when they were finally rebuilt and had their first success in 40 years. The culminating event was the capture of the 1959 American League pennant, made possible by aging pitcher Early Wynn. Wynn, nearly 40, was the best pitcher in the game that season, winning 22 games and the Cy Young Award. He was the last piece in the puzzle that put the Sox over the top and, in addition to the team’s historic season, the book tracks his life before, during and after baseball.

About the Author(s)

Lew Freedman is a long-time, prize-winning journalist for such newspapers as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune and Anchorage Daily News. The author of numerous baseball books, he lives in Columbus, Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Lew Freedman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: 11 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4442-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5512-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      5

1. The Little Left-Hander      11

2. The Deal Maker      19

3. Early Early Wynn      29

4. The Barrier Breaker      37

5. Looking for Keepers      46

6. The Chief and His Indians      55

7. More Than Just Names      65

8. The Guy They Called Little Nell      75

9. Magician with a Glove      84

10. Wynn Joins the White Sox      92

11. Becoming a Contender      100

12. Filling in the Holes      110

13. The New Guy Is Different      118

14. Going for It All      129

15. Erasing 40 Years of Bad Luck      139

16. Veeck—As in What the Heck      147

17. Taking a Run at First Place      156

18. The Promised Land at Last      165

19. Welcome to the World Series      175

20. Too Late for Early and the Sox      187

Epilogue: Fifty Years Later      195

Chapter Notes      197

Bibliography      205

Index      211