Iowa Baseball Greats

Sixteen Major Leaguers Who Were in the Game for Life

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About the Book

In the world of sports, Iowa is probably best known for wrestling but the state has also produced more than 200 major league baseball players. Sixteen of them are profiled here, including six Hall of Famers, the game’s brightest star of the 19th century, an American League batting champion, the only pitcher to lead the National League in strikeouts seven years in a row, the only catcher to catch two back-to-back no-hitters and one of the most dominant pitchers in American League history.
They made their presence felt off the field, too. One helped fortify the game’s racial barriers. One helped tear them down. One invented devices that changed the game. Two wrote instructional books on baseball. One became famous so young that he graced the cover of national magazines before graduating from high school. Each has a compelling story, some interwoven with the game’s greatest moments.

About the Author(s)

Don Doxsie has lived and worked in Iowa for 36 years and is the sports editor of the Davenport, Iowa, Quad-City Times and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Bibliographic Details

Don Doxsie
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9894-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2292-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1. Utility: Cal McVey 7

2. Designated Hitter: Cap Anson 16

3. Outfield: Fred Clarke 28

4. Outfield: George Stone 40

5. Pitcher: Jack Coombs 48

6. Catcher: Hank Severeid 60

7. Shortstop: Dave Bancroft 71

8. Pitcher: Red Faber 81

9. Outfield: Bing Miller 92

10. Pitcher: Dazzy Vance 100

11. Pitcher: Earl Whitehill 110

12. First Base: Hal Trosky 119

13. Pitcher: Bob Feller 129

14. Second Base: Gene Baker 141

15. Pitcher: Mike Boddicker 152

16. Third Base: Casey Blake 162

17. The Best of the Rest: Position Players 171

18. The Best of the Rest: Pitchers 188

Appendix: Iowa Records (Prior to 2015) 209

Chapter Notes 211

Selected Bibliography 221

Index 225

Book Reviews & Awards

“Satisfies intellectually and emotionally like the last out of a perfect game, or a game-winning hit through a drawn-in infield…extensive research…a winner”—Iowa History Journal.