Mysteries from Baseball’s Past

Investigations of Nine Unsettled Questions

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About the Book

This collection of nine essays examines some of baseball’s most elusive mysteries. Topics include the discovery of the body of Ed Delahanty at the bottom of Niagara Falls, the suicide of Chick Stahl, the strange death of National League president Harry Pulliam, the case of a game that may never have been played, three gambling scandals (one involving Hall of Famers), the facts concerning the legendary matchup of Satchel Paige and slugger Josh Gibson, and the intrigue behind the Brooklyn Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles.

About the Author(s)

Angelo J. Louisa is a researcher, writer, and community educator who lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
David Cicotello is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a contributor to its Deadball Stars volumes. An author and speaker, he lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Angelo J. Louisa and David Cicotello
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 205
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4554-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8009-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Foreword by Troy Soos      1

Introduction: When the National Pastime Meets a Good Mystery

ANGELO J. LOUISA AND DAVID CICOTELLO      5

1. Delahanty’s Disappearance: Where Is the King of Swatsville?

JERROLD CASWAY      13

2. The Suicide of Chick Stahl

DENNIS H. AUGER      29

3. The Strange Death of Harry C. Pulliam

ANGELO J. LOUISA AND FLOYD SULLIVAN      44

4. In Search of Wilbur Cooper and Pete Alexander’s 1–0 Game

DAVID CICOTELLO      76

5. The Mysterious Mr. Cicotte

GENE CARNEY      90

6. The O’Connell-Dolan Affair: Scandal or Hoax?

DANIEL E. GINSBURG      108

7. Unraveling the Cobb-Speaker Scandal

TIMOTHY M. GAY      120

8. Satch vs. Josh: The Showdown in Shadow Ball

DAVID C. OGDEN      136

9. The Brooklyn Dodgers, the Move to Los Angeles, and the Search for Villains: Was Walter O’Malley a Bum, a Victim, or Something Else?

ROBERT TRUMPBOUR      149

Editors and Contributors      185

Index      187