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The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession

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In 1910 auto magnate Hugh Chalmers offered an automobile to the baseball player with the highest batting average that season. What followed was a batting race unlike any before or since, between the greatest but most despised hitter, Detroitand#8217;s Ty Cobb, and the American Leagueand#8217;s first superstar, Clevelandand#8217;s popular Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement of this strange contestand#8212;one that has yet to be resolved.

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The race came down to the last game of the season, igniting more interest among fans than the World Series and becoming a national obsession. Rick Huhn re-creates the drama that ensued when Cobb, thinking the prize safely his, skipped the last two games, and Lajoie suspiciously had eight hits in a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Although initial counts favored Lajoie, American League president Ban Johnson, the sportand#8217;s last word, announced Cobb the winner, and amid the controversy both players received cars. The Chalmers Race details a story of dubious scorekeeping and statistical systems, of performances and personalities in conflict, of accurate results coming in seventy years too late, and of a contest settled not by play on the field but by human foibles.

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About the Author

Rick Huhn is the author of The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseballand#8217;s Forgotten Great and Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography. Charles C. Alexander is the author of several baseball books, including Ty Cobb.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803271821
Author:
Huhn, Rick
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Alexander, Charles C.
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 photographs
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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