Lefty Grove and the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics


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About the Book

This book chronicles the history of the Philadelphia Athletics, the first real dynasty in Major League Baseball. The focus of the book is the 1931 season, in which Philadelphia, led by superstar pitcher Lefty Grove, had the best season in franchise history, leading to a third consecutive trip to the World Series. With a roster full of future Hall of Fame players—like Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx and Connie Mack—the Athletics were one of the best baseball teams of all time, and the 1931 season served as the apex of their success, as the financial restrictions of the Great Depression caused the owners to break up the team.

About the Author(s)

Robert P. Broadwater has written more than 35 books of military history and more than 100 magazine articles dealing with the American Civil War and the Revolutionary War. He lives in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Robert P. Broadwater
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: 8 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7566-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1646-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Introduction  5

One. The Building of a Dynasty  9

Two. Another Run at Greatness  27

Three. A Spring of Promise  48

Four. Seventeen Games in a Row  61

Five. The Boys of Summer  70

Six. Dog Days and Another Winning Streak  92

Seven. The Drive to a Third Pennant  118

Eight. Facing the Cardinals Again  134

Nine. End of an Era  148

Epilogue  159

Appendix 1: Athletics 1931 Team and Individual Statistics  167

Appendix 2: Hall of Fame Players from the

Golden Era (1925–1941)  171

Chapter Notes  175

Bibliography  179

Index  181