This collection of more than 300 graphic biographies of baseball players is a throwback to the illustrated biographies or cartoons seen regularly in newspaper sports sections of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. All manner of ballplayers are included from the Hall of Famers (the Legends), to the everyday players (the Journeymen), to the cup-of-coffee guys (the Short-Timers).
Almost all of the bio-illustrations are of major league players, but there are interesting exceptionsminor leaguers, female players, entertainers... These bio-illustrations regularly appeared in the pages of Sports Collectors Digest from 1997 through 2011.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Ronnie Joyner has coauthored autobiographies with major leaguers Don Gutteridge, Frank Thomas (1950s–60s version), Virgil Trucks and Bob Dillinger and has produced baseball card sets for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, and the 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers. A graphic artist for the U.S. Senate, he lives in Charlotte Hall, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Assorted Legends, Journeymen, and Short-Timers 5
Big Boppers 81
Natural Born Hitters 107
Armed and Dangerous 1 28
Tragedies and Near Tragedies 1 65
World War II 1 78
Korea and Vietnam 209
Men of Desegregation 2 1 5
Music, Movies, and TV 225
Cool Couplings 260
Wholly-Worthy Half-Pagers 27 2
Black Sox: 1919 Chicago White Sox 280
Whiz Kids: 1950 Philadelphia Phillies 292
Pinstripers: 2009 New York Yankees 305
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Hardball Legends" is a wonderful book for baseball fans of the '20s through the '70s especially. Ronnie Joyner's illustrations are phenomenal, better than viewing a baseball card! His commentary on each player is equally terrific. He offers material you would not read on the back of a baseball card (more personal than mere stats). And this book focuses on not just the "stars" of the game, but also on lesser-known players who made a mark in their own unique way. This is a "must have" for fans 45 and older. And it can be a great teacher for youngsters who want to learn about MLB the way their dads and granddad knew it!