By Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson

Only a couple of dozen T206 Wagners are identified to nonetheless exist, having been published in restricted numbers simply after the flip of the 20 th century. such a lot, with their creases and stains, seem like they've been round for almost 100 years. yet one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners and still-crisp portrait make it the single-most famous—and so much desired—baseball card on the earth, valued this present day at greater than million funds. It has remodeled an easy pastime right into a billion-dollar that's now and then as lawless because the Wild West. every little thing in regards to the Card, which has made males filthy rich in addition to poisoned lifelong relationships, is fraught with controversy—from its doubtful origins to the nagging hazard that it might probably now not be precisely because it seems.

In this fascinating, eye-opening, and groundbreaking examine a uniquely American obsession, award-winning investigative newshounds Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson stick to The Card's path from a Florida flea industry to the arms of the world's so much well known creditors. the cardboard sheds a desirable new gentle on a global of counterfeiters, con males, and the folk who benefit from what was once a hobby for children.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card PDF

Best baseball books

Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year

In anticipation of the single hundredth anniversary of America's such a lot loved ballpark, the untold tale of the way Fenway Park was once born and the striking first season ever performed there.

For all that has been written in tribute to the good Fenway Park, nobody has ever rather advised the behind-the-scenes precise tale of its start, development, and tumultuous but wonderful first season - 1912. whereas the paint was once nonetheless drying and the infield nonetheless turning eco-friendly, the crimson Sox launched into an not going season that may culminate in an international sequence conflict opposed to John McGraw's amazing Giants that stands as one of many maximum ever performed. Fenway Park made the entire distinction, assisting to show an ordinary workforce into the best in crimson Sox history.

Fenway 1912 tells the really good story--and stories--of Fenway, from the architect whose creativity has helped Fenway Park stay appropriate, to the lengthy iciness whilst neighborhood workers poured concrete and erected historical past, to the infamous fixers who then governed the sport, to the ragtag group who brought a global championship, Fenway's first.

Drawing on broad new examine, that includes by no means ahead of noticeable blueprints, esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout can provide a impressive tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration, taking pictures Fenway Park as no different writer ever has.

A 2012 best TEN activities e-book of the yr, Booklist.

SEYMOUR MEDAL winner, "Best Baseball e-book of historical past or Biography 2011", and 2011 LARRY RITTER AWARD winner "Best e-book of the Deadball Era" - The Society for American Baseball examine.

Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius

A brand new York occasions bestseller

“Enormously unique . . . Explores the query of even if a baseball lifer can really be a sad determine within the vintage sense—a guy destroyed by means of the very traits that made him nice. " — Wall highway Journal

“Bill Pennington offers long-overdue flesh to the cartoon . . . Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles with no wasting sight of the guy. ” — big apple instances ebook Review[/b]
 
Even now, years after his dying, Billy Martin continues to be essentially the most interesting and charismatic figures in baseball historical past. And the main misunderstood. A supervisor who's broadly thought of to were a baseball genius, Martin is remembered extra for his rabble-rousing and public brawls at the box and stale. He used to be combative and intimidating, but endearing and beloved.

​In Billy Martin, invoice Pennington resolves those contradictions and pens the definitive tale of Martin’s lifestyles. From his hardscrabble formative years to his days at the Yankees within the Fifties and during 16 years of coping with, Martin made definite nobody ever neglected him. Drawing on exhaustive interviews and his personal time protecting Martin as a tender sportswriter, Pennington offers an intimate, revelatory, and ceaselessly colourful tale of a very larger-than-life sportsman.
 
“The hair on my forearms was once status up by way of the tip of the 5th paragraph of this book’s advent. I knew Billy Martin. I coated Billy Martin. yet I by no means knew him like this. ” — Dan Shaughnessy, best-selling writer of Francona
 
“An exhaustive, specific and interesting examine a baseball genius whose largest struggle may possibly rather well were opposed to himself. ” — Tampa Tribune

Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League Baseball (Keystone Book)

Drawing upon neighborhood Williamsport newspapers, vast oral histories from former avid gamers, baseball directors, boosters and lovers and infrequent photo collections, this paintings reconstructs the totality of the pro baseball event.

The Chalmers race : Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the controversial 1910 batting title that became a national obsession

In 1910 automobile multi-millionaire Hugh Chalmers provided an car to the baseball participant with the top batting regular that season. What used to be a batting race not like any sooner than or when you consider that, among the best yet so much despised hitter, Detroit’s Ty Cobb, and the yank League’s first megastar, Cleveland’s well known Napoleon Lajoie.

Extra resources for The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card

Example text

The evening before this conference, a celebratory dinner was hosted by Dreyfuss during which the owner assured newspaper writers that he was not taking total control of the team. He was only a partner, although it seemed apparent to all in attendance that he would be responsible for major team decisions. 13 Clarke left the celebration early so that he could return to his wife and child in Kansas and attend Sunday evening church services. 14 Former Louisville players like Wagner, Leach, Phillippe, Ritchey and Waddell were expected to mesh nicely with Pittsburgh holdovers Clarence Beaumont, Jimmy Williams, Jack Chesbro (back after Louisville was eliminated), Sam Leever and Jesse Tannehill.

Waddell’s first encounter with his new manager had a lasting effect on Clarke when Rube reported for duty aboard Louisville’s baseball craft. “We were in Washington and I was awakened about 1:30 one morning by a pounding on the door. I opened the door to see a tall, well-set-up chap,” Clarke remembered. “He said: ‘Don’t you know me Fred? I’m Rube, your new pitcher. ’ “I didn’t know whether to fine him right then. But I found myself laughing instead. Maybe it was the ‘Rube’ business. It fitted him.

Louisville ownership needed a manager who could lead the team both in the clubhouse and on the field. Because Rogers was sadly deficient in one of these areas, he was abruptly shown the door. On June 16, 1897, Clarke was named to replace Rogers as manager of the Louisville Colonels. Since Clarke was the best player on the squad by far, it stood to reason that he should be given an opportunity to the lead the charges as its manager. 7 They believed that Stucky, Dreyfuss and Pulliam made the correct decision by naming Clarke to manage Louisville.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.68 of 5 – based on 31 votes