Mysteries from Baseball’s Past
Investigations of Nine Unsettled Questions
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)
Edited by Angelo J. Louisa and David Cicotello
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
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