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Johnny Evers : a baseball life
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1881-1947 -- 19th-20th century
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The last time the -Chicago Cubs won the World Series (yes, it did happen), Johnny Evers was the team's star second baseman. As the keystone of the famous "Tinker to Evers to Chance" infield, Evers was a tough, hard-nosed competitor, as famous for his temper as his skills. Snelling (The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League) has put together a long-overdue biography of this baseball icon, telling Evers's story in a straightforward fashion, culling information from old newspaper accounts and early baseball books. The title nicely balances Evers's sports life with his personal one, painting a picture of an ordinary man at the turn of the 20th century with extraordinary athletic ability, but whose notoriety and prestige did not inure him from the tragedies of life-heartache, illness, and bankruptcy, among others. VERDICT This biography will be a good fit for all baseball collections, including in academic libraries specializing in U.S. sports history. It's a must for Chicago public libraries-at least the ones on the North Side.-BR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
For more than a century Johnny Evers has been conjoined with Chicago Cubs teammates Frank Chance and Joe Tinker, thanks to eight lines of verse by a New York columnist. Caricatured as a scrawny, sour man who couldn't hit and who owed his fame to that poem, in truth he was the heartbeat of one of the greatest teams of the 20th century and the fiercest competitor this side of Ty Cobb. Evers was at the center of one of baseball's greatest controversies, a chance event that sealed his stardom and stole a pennant from John McGraw and the New York Giants in 1908. Six years later, following reversals and tragedies that resulted in a nervous breakdown, he made a comeback with the Boston Braves and led that team to the most improbable of championships. Spanning the time from his birth in Troy, New York, to his death less than a year after his election to the Hall of Fame, this is the biography of a man who literally wrote the book about playing second base.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
1The Kid from the Collar Cityp. 5
2Rookiep. 16
3Foraging for Wins in the Land of the Giantsp. 27
4The Best Team in Baseball, But Not Necessarily in Chicagop. 40
5World Championsp. 54
6Merklep. 65
7A Sad Lexiconp. 85
8Comebackp. 104
9Managing the Cubs with Neither a Tinker Nor a Chancep. 112
10The Miracle Bravesp. 123
11Too Much Electricityp. 145
12When Johnny Comes Marching Homep. 159
13The Human Dynamo That Needs a Minderp. 172
14Albany, Alabama Pitts and One Last Reunionp. 184
15Which Is As It Should Bep. 195
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 223
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