The Pirates Unraveled

Pittsburgh’s 1926 Season


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About the Book

With virtually the same personnel that had won both the National League pennant and the World Series the previous season, the 1926 Pittsburgh Pirates were favored by the majority of preseason prognosticators to capture the pennant for the second year in a row. But they finished in third place, four and a half games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
That failure has largely been attributed to the alleged dissension caused by the presence of vice president and assistant to the manager Fred Clarke on the Pirate bench and to the ramifications of an attempt by several players to remove him, known as the “ABC Affair.” This book chronicles the ’26 Pirates, showing that the blame assigned to Clarke has been mostly misplaced and that the reasons for the Bucs’ failure were far more complex.

About the Author(s)

Angelo J. Louisa is a researcher, writer, and community educator who lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bibliographic Details

Angelo J. Louisa
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 332
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7070-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2254-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by David C. Ogden 1
Acknowledgments 3
Introduction: Setting the Record Straight 9
One. Colorful, Competitive and Consistently Falling Short 13
Two. The Return of Fred Clarke 46
Three. High Expectations, Disappointing Results 87
Four. The ABC Affair 123
Five. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted 163
Six. Making Sense of It All 207
Key to the Abbreviations Used in the Appendices 233
Appendix A: Biographical Information for the 1926 Pirates 234
Appendix B: Offensive Statistics 249
Appendix C: Pitching Statistics 254
Appendix D: Fielding Statistics 257
Chapter Notes 261
Bibliography 301
Index 313