Pitching to the Pennant

Pitching to the Pennant

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The 1954 Cleveland Indians were one of the most remarkable baseball teams of all time. Their record for most wins (111) fell only when the baseball schedule expanded, and their winning percentage, an astounding .721, is still unsurpassed in the American League. Though the season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in the World Series, the 1954 team remains a favorite among Cleveland fans and beyond. Pitching to the Pennant commemorates the a€™54 Indians with a biographical sketch of the entire team, from the a€œBig Threea€ pitching staff (Mike Garcia and future Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Early Wynn), through notable players such as Bobby Avila, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, and Al Rosen, to manager Al Lopez, his coaches, and the Indiansa€™ broadcast team. There are also stories about Cleveland Stadium and the 1954 All-Star Game (which the team hosted), as well as a season timeline and a firsthand account of Game One of the World Series at the Polo Grounds. Pitching to the Pennant features the superb writing and research of members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), making this book a must for all Indians fans and baseball aficionados.Joseph Wancho The trivia question came up while the Cleveland Indians announcers were filling time during a rain ... Answer: Both teams were led by a player-manager (Tris Speaker in 1920 and Lou Boudreau in 1948). ... Each recorded 20 or more wins, Bagby leading the way with 31 victories and 30 complete games.

Title:Pitching to the Pennant
Author: Joseph Wancho, Rick Huhn, Leonard Levin, Bill Nowlin, Steve Johnson
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2014-04-01

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