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New Century, New Team

The 1901 Boston Americans

Authored by Bill Nowlin
Contributions by Eric Enders, Joanne Hulbert, Charlie Bevis, Paul Wendt, Tom Simon, Dennis Auger, Jack Morris, Rory Costello, Charles Faber
Associate editor Maurice Bouchard, Len Levin
Consultant editor Dan Desrochers

The team now known as the Boston Red Sox played its first season in 1901. The city of Boston had a well-established National League team, known at the time as the Beaneaters, but the founders of the American League knew that Boston was a strong baseball market and when they launched the league as a new major league in 1901, they went head-to-head with the N.L. in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. Chicago won the American League pennant and Boston finished second, just four games behind.

The Boston Americans played in a new ballpark - the Huntington Avenue Grounds - literally on the other side of the railroad tracks from the Beaneaters and they out-drew the Beaneaters by more than 2-1, in part because they had enticed some of the more popular players - player/ manager Jimmy Collins, pitcher Cy Young, and slugger Buck Freeman.

This volume represents the collective work of more than 25 members of SABR --the Society for American Baseball Research. It offers individual biographies of the players, team owner Charles Somers, league founder Ban Johnson, and two of the team's most noted fans: Hi Hi Dixwell and Nuf Ced McGreevy. There is also a "biography" of the Huntington Avenue Grounds ballpark and a study of media coverage of Boston baseball in 1901, and a timeline running from the first spring training through that year's postseason games.

The book includes over 125 vintage and rare photographs.

Includes written contributions by the following SABR members: Bill Nowlin., Fred Schuld, Joe Santry and Cindy Thomson, Ron Selter, Donna L. Halper., Charlie Bevis, Steve Krah., Charles Faber, Dennis Auger, Jim Elfers, Eric Enders, Jack Morris, Paul Wendt, Frank Vaccaro, Rory Costello, Mike Lackey, Dan Desrochers, David Forrester, Tom Simon, David Southwick, Joanne Hulbert, Pete Nash, Dan Fields.

Full Table of Contents:
Introduction: Bill Nowlin
Franchise Firsts: Bill Nowlin
Team Owner: George Somers: Fred Schuld
American League President Ban Johnson: Joe Santry and Cindy Thomson
The Ballpark: Huntington Avenue Grounds: Ron Selter
A Fuller Portrait of the First Home Game of the Franchise
Baseball in the New Century: Following the Boston Americans in 1901: Donna L. Halper
The Players Ben Beville: Bill Nowlin
Jimmy Collins: Charlie Bevis
Lou Criger: Steve Krah
George "Nig" Cuppy: Charles Faber
Tommy Dowd: Bill Nowlin
Hobe Ferris: Dennis Auger
Frank Foreman: Jim Elfers
Buck Freeman: Eric Enders
Harry Gleason: Jack Morris
Charlie Hemphill: Paul Wendt
Charlie Jones: Frank Vaccaro
Win Kellum: Bill Nowlin
Ted Lewis: Rory Costello
Larry McLean: Mike Lackey
Fred Mitchell: Bill Nowlin
Frank Morrissey: Bill Nowlin
Freddy Parent: Dan Desrochers
George Prentiss: David Forrester
Osee Schrecongost: Bill Nowlin
Jack Slattery: Bill Nowlin
Chick Stahl: Dennis Auger
Jake Volz: Bill Nowlin
George Winter: Tom Simon
Cy Young: David Southwick
Personality: "Hi Hi" Dixwell:Joanne Hulbert
Personality: Mike "Nuf Ced" McGreevy: Pete Nash
1901 Boston Americans Season Timeline: Bill Nowlin
By the Numbers: Dan Fields

Publication Date:
1933599588 / 9781933599588
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History

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