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The Old Ball Game

(2005)
How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
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In The Old Ball Game, Frank Deford, NPR sports commentator and Sports Illustrated journalist retells the story of an unusual friendship between two towering figures in baseball history.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Christy Mathewson was one of baseball's first superstars. Over six feet tall, clean cut, and college educated, he didn't pitch on the Sabbath and rarely spoke an ill word about anyone. He also had one of the most devastating arms in all of baseball. New York Giants manager John McGraw, by contrast, was ferocious. The pugnacious tough guy was already a star infielder who, with the Baltimore Orioles, helped develop a new, scrappy style of baseball, with plays like the hit-and-run, the Baltimore chop, and the squeeze play. When McGraw joined the Giants in 1902, the Giants were coming off their worst season ever. Yet within three years, Mathewson clinched New York City's first World Series for McGraw's team by throwing three straight shutouts in only six days, an incredible feat that is invariably called the greatest World Series performance ever. Because of their wonderful odd-couple association, baseball had its first superstar, the Giants ascended into legend, and baseball as a national pastime bloomed.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John Mcgraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
ISBN: 0-7862-7660-6 / 978-0-7862-7660-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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March 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
ISBN: 0-87113-885-9 / 978-0-87113-885-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
ISBN: 0-8021-4247-8 / 978-0-8021-4247-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
ISBN: 1-5226-7544-2 / 978-1-5226-7544-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

November 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2007 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Author(s): Frank Deford
Publisher: Grove Press
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