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Fifty-Nine in '84 | [Edward Achorn]

Fifty-Nine in '84

In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding 59 games - more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series. Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War - a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win.
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In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding 59 games - more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series.

Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War - a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win.

It is the tale, too, of the woman Radbourn loved, Carrie Stanhope, the alluring proprietress of a boarding-house with shady overtones, a married lady who was said to have personally known every man in the National League.

Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.

©2010 Edward Achorn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Hugh R. Williams 08-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A Baseball Record that will never be beaten"
    Where does Fifty-Nine in '84 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best. The book while recounting an incredible record also gives us a great history of the early game of baseball. The narrator does a nice job and of course the story is one of my favorite baseball books.


    What other book might you compare Fifty-Nine in '84 to and why?

    The Glory of Their Times: Another outstanding baseball book which does a great job on the history of baseball through the players themselves simply telling their stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many good scenes, it's hard to pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    Hoss was a local boy having lived and died in Bloomington IL. That makes this book even more special to me if that is possible.

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