Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger (Hardback)
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Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 13/04/2017
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Hugh Casey was one of the most colorful members of the iconic Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1940s, a team that took part in four great pennant races, the first National League playoff series, and two exciting World Series over the course of Casey's career. That famed team included many outsized personalities, including executives Larry MacPhail and Branch Rickey, manager Leo Durocher, and players like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Dixie Walker, Joe Medwick, and Pete Reiser. In Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger, Lyle Spatz details Casey's life and career, from his birth in Atlanta to his suicide in that same city thirty-seven years later. Spatz includes such moments as Casey's famous "pitch that got away" in Game Four of the 1941 World Series, the numerous brawls and beanball wars in which Casey was frequently involved, and the Southern-born Casey's reaction to Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers. Spatz also reveals how Casey helped to redefine the role of the relief pitcher, twice leading the National League in saves and twice finishing second-if saves had been an official statistic during his lifetime. While this book focuses on Casey's baseball career in Brooklyn, Spatz also covers Casey's often-tragic personal life. He not only ran into trouble with the IRS, he also got into a fistfight with Ernest Hemingway and was charged in a paternity suit that was decided against him. Featuring personal interviews with Casey's son and with former teammate Carl Erskine, this book will fascinate and inform fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and baseball historians alike.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442277595
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 239 x 157 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger is a prolific baseball biographer Lyle Spatz's latest effort, and it rescues another worthy subject of the author from the mists of baseball history. The book contains much game reportage but necessarily so, as Spatz uses it to characterize Casey as a prototype of the relief pitcher role known today as 'closer.' The book also portrays the big hard-drinking Southerner as a tough and fearless competitor; a well-liked restaurateur and supporter of local civic causes; and a key member of teams that led to the establishment of the 19050s Dodgers as a NL powerhouse. Even with the benefit of the subtitle, the reader is shocked and saddened by the account of the pitcher's demise, at age 37. * Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine *
Baseball author and historian Lyle Spatz presents a deeper portrait of the pitcher and the man in his latest biography, Hugh Casey: The Triumph and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger.... Spatz's talent as a researcher shines through in an extensive bibliography. * The Sports Bookie: A sports blog by Bob D'Angelo *
With meticulous and absorbing detail, master biographer Lyle Spatz has crafted a memorable portrait of a neglected Brooklyn Dodger hurler. As unfortunate as Casey's life was off the field, Spatz has done an exemplary job of giving his career as a mound craftsman its overdue credit. -- Lee Lowenfish, author of the award-winning biography Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman and collaborator with Tom Seaver on The Art of Pitching
For the longest time, Hugh Casey's career was marginalized to a single World Series pitch. Thanks to the research by Lyle Spatz, fans can replay Casey's "complete game" and his bittersweet life in baseball. -- Mark Langill, team historian, Los Angeles Dodgers

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