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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, Detroits Ty Cobb, and the American Leagues first superstar, Clevelands popular Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement of this strange contest—one that has yet to be resolved.

 
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 sports 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.

 
 

About the Author

Rick Huhn is the author of The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseballs 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
Subtitle:
Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession
Author:
Huhn, Rick
Author:
Alexander, Charles C.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 photographs
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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