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The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title that Became a National Obsession

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 game's greatest but most despised hitter, Detroit's Ty Cobb, and the American League's first superstar, Cleveland's popular but aging Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement of this strange contest--one that has yet to be fully resolved.

--"An excellent choice." -- Library Journal (Starred Review) --

Finalist--2015 Ohioana Book Award (About Ohio or an Ohioan)

Finalist--Seymour Medal (Baseball History Book of Year, 2014)

Co-Runner-Up--Casey Award--Baseball Book of the Year (2014)--Spitball Magazine

Finalist--SLA Baseball Caucus Readers' Coice Award (2014)

Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography

When a short, slender, floppy-eared collegiate infield star from Columbia met Connie Mack, the great manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, in a New York City hotel in 1906 to negotiate a professional baseball contract, few would have predicted greatness for the youngster. Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography details why over one hundred years later that young man is still regarded by many as the game's greatest second baseman.

Finalist--Larry Ritter Book Award--SABR (2008)

The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball’s Forgotten Great

In the 1920s baseball’s hitting giants were Cobb, Ruth, Hornsby and George Sisler. The first three remain part of baseball folklore. Until recently Sisler was essentially forgotten. The Sizzler details Sisler’s rise to fame, his years at the top, and analyzes why his star so quickly dimmed.