Steve Steinberg, Larry Baldassaro, Don Zminda with Mark Armour
Mark Armour, himself a noted author of books on baseball and the present board president of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), which is co-presenting tonight, hosts this virtual program featuring three authors, each with new books on ballplayers of yore. Steve Steinberg, with Lyle Spatz, is here with the newly released Comeback Pitchers: The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn (University of Nebraska Press). Howard Ehmke and Jack Quinn are pitchers from a century ago, both of them pitching for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics, each with various claims to fame (Jack Quinn was the oldest pitcher to ever start a World Series game and pitched until he was fifty). Lawrence Baldassaro, batting second as it were, is the author of Tony Lazzeri: Yankees Legend and Baseball Pioneer (University of Nebraska Press), Tony Lazzeri being a key member as shortstop of iconic New York Yankee teams in the 1920s and 30s, starting alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, along with others. He was the first great baseball player of Italian descent, helping pave the way for Joe DiMaggio, and many others. And, coming from his on-deck position (if indeed this is the speaking order), Don Zminda with his book, Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920 (Rowman & Littlefield). This is a newly researched account of the scandal that key Chicago White Sox players such as Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver played, with others complicit in what unfolded, which shook baseball at the big league’s existence to the core. This evening should be fun.
Co-presented by SABR and Elliott Bay Book Company.