Rube Waddell

The Zany, Brilliant Life of a Strikeout Artist


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About the Book

George Edward “Rube” Waddell was one of the zaniest characters ever to play baseball. The legendary Connie Mack, who saw quite a few cards during his nearly seven decade stint in the majors, once observed that no other screwball he ever saw could hold a candle to Rube. Mack also said that Rube’s curveball was the best he’d ever seen. Indeed, Waddell was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. Rube won 191 games in 13 seasons, had four straight 20-win seasons for Mack and the Philadelphia A’s, and claimed six consecutive strikeout titles. In 1904 he struck out 349 batters, a record that held for six decades. This biography traces his early life in western Pennsylvania, the fits and starts of his first years in professional baseball, his big years with the A’s, and his subsequent fade into obscurity and his early death in a sanatorium on April Fool’s Day, 1914.

About the Author(s)

Longtime baseball fan Alan H. Levy is a professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joe McCarthy (2005), Tackling Jim Crow (2003) and several books on American music, including a biography of the noted composer Edward MacDowell.

Bibliographic Details

Alan H. Levy
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 327
Bibliographic Info: photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2000
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0786-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8112-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“a most compelling, valuable addition”—Nine; “the saga of the A’s star hurler of the early 1900s”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “this is the study of a man and his times”—Today’s Librarian.