Hub Perdue

Clown Prince of the Mound


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About the Book

A strong-armed devastating spitball pitcher from rural Tennessee who once won 16 games with the Boston Braves, Hub Perdue is better remembered today as one of the clown princes of the Deadball Era. Often compared with fellow player-comedians Germany Schaefer, Nick Altrock, and Rabbit Maranville, Perdue had a quick wit and a rebellious streak that amused teammates but sometimes led to conflicts with management and umpires. (“Mix ’em up!” manager George Stallings had told him, encouraging the weak-hitting pitcher to take his at-bats more seriously; Perdue, a right-hander, dutifully took his strikeouts from alternating sides of the plate.) His penchant for the subversive—he was also a players’ union representative who freely dispensed advice on contracts and negotiation—might in fact have curtailed what had been a promising big league career. But his antics in the majors and minors became the stuff of legend, known as “Hublore.”

About the Author(s)

John A. Simpson is a retired high school history teacher and baseball coach. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oregon. He lives in Kelso, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

John A. Simpson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 292
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7225-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0274-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface: In Search of the Gallatin Squash 1
1. Down Home in Sumner County 5
2. Dawning of the Deadball Era—Tennessee Style 23
3. 1908 46
4. Breakout and Breakdown 66
5. Tennessee Brave 89
6. With the Cardinals 118
7. Interlude in Louisville 135
8. Second Tour in the Southern Association 146
9. The Mogul 169
10. Twilight on the Diamond 195
11. Citizen Hub 209
12. Clown Prince of the Mound 228
Chapter Notes 243
Bibliography 268
Index 273

Book Reviews & Awards

“[c]arefully written and well researched…. This book is a worthy addition to the literature, especially for those with a love affair with the storied Southern Association, or someone just flirting with it”—SABR Deadball Committee Newsletter; “Simpson’s account of Perdue’s life furthers our understanding of baseball’s lesser known but intriguing characters. Simpson vividly captures the bitter-sweet life of a happy-go-lucky, journeyman minor leaguer, who not only battled the obstacles to play professional baseball but also had a penchant for telling tales, wrangling with authority, and believing that life should be about having fun”—Nine; “Simpson’s book should provide some much needed scholarship on Deadball players from the South”—Northwest Chapter of SABR.