Wicked Curve: The Life and Troubled Times of Grover Cleveland Alexander

Wicked Curve: The Life and Troubled Times of Grover Cleveland Alexander

by John C. Skipper

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When in 1911 Phillies pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander set the National League record for wins by a rookie (28), it was a sign of things to come. Alexander went on to win 373 games over his 20-year career, the third highest total in major league history, and he would lead the league in ERA four times, shutouts seven times, complete games six times, and wins six times. But he also became a deeply troubled man. After the Shell-Shocked pitcher returned from World War I, he would battle alcoholism, epilepsy, and personal demons that damaged his reputation and proved disastrous for his life outside of baseball. This biography sheds new light on the pitcher and the man, focusing on Alexander's personal life, especially his complex relationship with his wife, Aimee, as well as their marriages and divorces. His Hall of Fame career, wartime service, and long decline are also documented.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786481781
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including a history of the The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. Alone in a Crowd 3
2. A Stone’s Throw Away 9
3. A Big League Pitcher 21
4. A Pennant Flies in Philadelphia 40
5. Nobody Does It Better 56
6. The Changing of the Uniforms 63
7. The Cub Years 78
8. Managerial Merry-Go-Round and McCarthy 98
9. A Strikeout for the Ages 110
10. Forty Years Old and Counting 124
11. The End of the Road 136
12. When the Cheering Stopped 145
13. The Long Road Downhill 152
14. Brother Can You Spare Me a Dime? 166
15. The Last Hurrah 176
16. Coming Home 186
17. Bottom of the Ninth 198

Appendix: Lifetime Statistics 211
Notes 213
Bibliography 223
Index 231

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