on all orders of $79 or more

10% OFF your purchase of $125 or more!
Use coupon code WEDNESDAY in checkout.

Stealing Games How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants

, by
Stealing Games How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants by Klein, Maury, 9781632860248
Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
  • ISBN: 9781632860248 | 1632860244
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/22/2016
  • Rent Book


  • Buy New Book

    In Stock Usually Ships in 24 Hours


The 1911 New York Giants stole an astonishing 347 bases, a record that still stands more than a century later. That alone makes them special in baseball history, but as Maury Klein relates in Stealing Games they also embodied a rapidly changing America on the cusp of a faster, more frenetic pace of life dominated by machines, technology, and urban culture.

Baseball, too, was evolving from the dead-ball to the live-ball era--the cork-centered ball was introduced in 1910 and structurally changed not only the outcome of individual games but the way the game itself was played, requiring upgraded equipment, new rules, and new ways of adjudicating. Changing performance also changed the relationship between management and players. The Giants had two stars--the brilliant manager John McGraw and aging pitcher Christy Mathewson--and memorable characters such as Rube Marquard and Fred Snodgrass; yet their speed and tenacity led to three pennants in a row starting in 1911. Stealing Games gives a great team its due and underscores once more the rich connection between sports and culture.

You might also enjoy...

Please wait while the item is added to your bag...