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Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball (edição: 2011)

de Ted Leavengood

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Famed Washington sportswriter Shirley Povich once said that Clark Griffith's life was a true Horatio Alger story. Born in a frontier log cabin in Missouri in 1869, Griffith enjoyed a successful 64-year career in baseball that ended with his death in 1955. He spent 20 seasons as a major league pitcher, another 20 seasons as a manager--including five as the first manager of the New York Yankees--and 35 years as owner of the Washington Senators, where he won three American League pennants and the 1924 World Series. One of the game's greatest ambassadors, Griffith made his lasting mark as a labor leader and as one of the founders of the American League in 1901. This biography chronicles the Old Fox's long life in baseball, revealing in the process a vast trove of sporting history and illuminating the changing landscape of both baseball and American culture.… (mais)
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Título:Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball
Autores:Ted Leavengood
Informação:McFarland (2011), Paperback, 321 pages
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This biography of Clark Griffith fills an important literary hole in the history of baseball. Griffith was an influencer as well as a mover. His role in baseball in our nation's capital put him in the spotlight repeatedly as baseball became first our national past-time and second the leading professional sport in creating a business model that other professional sports have followed. Griffith was certainly old school. His baseball roots reach back to the early part of the 20th Century. He was also visionary. The fact that the baseball empire he created later crumbled and faded does not in any way lessen his importance in the game. This biography is well written and well documented. Any serious baseball fan should enjoy it very much. I certainly did.
  zechristof | Oct 10, 2012 |
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This a review of "Clark Griffith: The Old Fox of Washington Baseball" by Ted Leavengood. I read this book as an Early Reviewer book and enjoyed it very much. I like to read history generally and, as a baseball fan, I particularly like to read about its long and colorful past. This book is a biography of one of Baseball's old hero's turned manager and finally owner, Clark Griffith, over a lifetime that spans most of the years of modern Baseball. Looking at Baseball through his story is a wonderful way to appreciate the inner workings of the professional game and lights up details of Baseballs past that would not be possible with a general history. The book covered all of Clark Griffith's baseball life and it was a very long life, indeed. It got a little sloggy a few times as the details of season after season of the Washington Nationals play were laid out but in the end it gave the right perspective for his long and inspirational career. If you love the history of the game of Baseball you should like this book. ( )
  pamur | May 25, 2012 |
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This biography of Clark Griffith was quite interesting. It includes a lot of early baseball history. I had heard of Clark Griffith as owner of the Washington Senators. But I didn't know that he had been a major league pitcher or the first manager of the New York Yankees. The book chronicles Griffith's life, but also the formation of the American League, early labor issues, pennant races and the Senators winning the World Series.

Of particular interest to me was the description of baseball as it was played in the 1890s and early 1900s. With Griffith having been a pitcher, the author also discusses some of the other early, great pitchers.

The book is well researched and very readable. Anyone interested in any baseball history should enjoy this book. ( )
  EMYeak | Feb 29, 2012 |
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The Old Fox, Clark Griffith, is an interesting guy. In his 64-year baseball career, he was a major league player (a pitcher), a union leader who helped organize the American League, a manager, and an owner. In fact, along with Connie Mack, Griffith was the last of the owners who came up through the ballplayer ranks. He was born shortly after the end of the Civil War, yet saw Mickey Mantle play baseball. Quite a life.

Unfortunately, this somewhat dry, plodding book doesn't quite convey all of that. Sure, it has plenty of interesting moments but the author truly gives justice only to Griffith's days as an owner and, to some extent, his days as a manager. His portions dealing with Griffith's ballplaying days and his role as a union leader were weak.

Recommended but only to the most ardent of baseball fans who might be willing to slog through it. If it hadn't been an ER book, I would've put it aside long ago. I've read nearly 250 books about baseball but I'd put this one in the bottom third. OK but nothing special. ( )
  lindapanzo | Feb 8, 2012 |
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This is one of the best baseball books I've read. I had no clue who Clark Griffith was before I received the book in the Early Reviewers program but thanks to this book, I learned about Griffith and his impact on baseball and received a wonderful education in early baseball. The amount of detail is astounding yet very readable. Leavengood writes in a manner that keeps the "players'" in the script clearly defined and easy to recognize when you don't read about them for a while. The scope of the book is vast and is so much more than just a biography of one man in baseball. ( )
  BAP1012 | Jan 27, 2012 |
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Famed Washington sportswriter Shirley Povich once said that Clark Griffith's life was a true Horatio Alger story. Born in a frontier log cabin in Missouri in 1869, Griffith enjoyed a successful 64-year career in baseball that ended with his death in 1955. He spent 20 seasons as a major league pitcher, another 20 seasons as a manager--including five as the first manager of the New York Yankees--and 35 years as owner of the Washington Senators, where he won three American League pennants and the 1924 World Series. One of the game's greatest ambassadors, Griffith made his lasting mark as a labor leader and as one of the founders of the American League in 1901. This biography chronicles the Old Fox's long life in baseball, revealing in the process a vast trove of sporting history and illuminating the changing landscape of both baseball and American culture.

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