A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward Bryan Di Salvatore

ISBN: 9780801865626

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A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward  by  Bryan Di Salvatore

A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward by Bryan Di Salvatore
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This is a grand book--vehement, scholarly, funny, exuberant, and artfully evocative of the man and his time. Bryan Di Salvatore is one of the finest writers of nonfiction in America.--Ian FrazierOne of baseballs earliest stars, John MontgomeryMoreThis is a grand book--vehement, scholarly, funny, exuberant, and artfully evocative of the man and his time. Bryan Di Salvatore is one of the finest writers of nonfiction in America.--Ian FrazierOne of baseballs earliest stars, John Montgomery Ward (1860-1925) was a formidable talent.

Today, he stands alone as the only player with more than 100 wins as a pitcher and 2,000 hits as a batter. Ward played at a time when baseball was evolving from a pastime into a business, and his most important legacy may have been his role in establishing modern organized baseball (as his plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame reads). He organized the sports first union, the Brotherhood of Professional Ball Players, and in 1890 led a revolt against National League owners by creating a third major league--The Players League--presaging a century of bitter conflict between players and owners.

In this engaging biography, Bryan Di Salvatore captures the brash energy of this larger-than-life sports figure and offers a keenly observed narrative about baseballs often troubled coming of age.



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