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Table Of Contents

Abner Doubleday Invented Baseball
Ninety Feet Is a Magical Distance
Today’s Reds Are Baseball’s Original Pro Team
The World Series Was Named after a Newspaper
Nick Altrock Won a Game without Pitching a Ball
Honus Wagner Objected to Tobacco Products
Ty Cobb Psyched Joe Jackson Out of a Batting Title
Grover Land Hit a 65-Foot Home Run
Ruth Won Only One MVP Award in His Career
A Lively Baseball Was Introduced in the 1920s
Babe Herman Tripled into a Triple Play
A Broken Toe Ruined Dizzy Dean’s Career
Joe DiMaggio Was One of the Best Outfielders Ever
Fidel Castro Was a Pro Baseball Prospect
Jerome Holtzman Invented the Save
The Curveball Is an Optical Illusion
The Headfirst Slide Is Dangerous
Derek Jeter Is a Great Clutch Hitter
Sandy Koufax Suddenly Matured to Become Great
Curt Flood Pioneered Free Agency
Minnie Minoso Was the Oldest Man to Get a Hit
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Baseball Myths: Debating, Debunking, and Disproving Tales from the Diamond

Baseball Myths: Debating, Debunking, and Disproving Tales from the Diamond

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Baseball followers have been perpetuating, debating, and debunking myths for nearly two centuries, producing a treasury of baseball stories and “facts.” Yet never before have these elements of baseball history been carefully scrutinized and compiled into one comprehensive work—until now. In Baseball Myths: Debating, Debunking, and Disproving Tales from the Diamond, award-winning researcher Bill Deane examines baseball legends—old and new.

This book covers such legendary players as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, and Derek Jeter, while also looking at lesser-known figures like Dummy Hoy, Grover Land, Wally Pipp, and Babe Herman—not to mention people who found fame in other fields, such as Civil War General Abner Doubleday, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Deane’s original research and logic will educate, amuse, and often surprise readers, revealing the truth behind such legends as the inventor of baseball, the first black player in the major leagues, and even the origin of the hot dog.

With photographs, stats, and more than 80 myths examined, this book is sure to fascinate everyone, from the casual baseball fan to lifelong devotees of the sport.
Baseball followers have been perpetuating, debating, and debunking myths for nearly two centuries, producing a treasury of baseball stories and “facts.” Yet never before have these elements of baseball history been carefully scrutinized and compiled into one comprehensive work—until now. In Baseball Myths: Debating, Debunking, and Disproving Tales from the Diamond, award-winning researcher Bill Deane examines baseball legends—old and new.

This book covers such legendary players as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, and Derek Jeter, while also looking at lesser-known figures like Dummy Hoy, Grover Land, Wally Pipp, and Babe Herman—not to mention people who found fame in other fields, such as Civil War General Abner Doubleday, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Deane’s original research and logic will educate, amuse, and often surprise readers, revealing the truth behind such legends as the inventor of baseball, the first black player in the major leagues, and even the origin of the hot dog.

With photographs, stats, and more than 80 myths examined, this book is sure to fascinate everyone, from the casual baseball fan to lifelong devotees of the sport.

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