The Chalmers Race

The Chalmers Race

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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 greatest but most despised hitter, Detroita€™s Ty Cobb, and the American Leaguea€™s first superstar, Clevelanda€™s popular Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement of this strange contesta€”one that has yet to be resolved. The race came down to the last game of the season, igniting more interest among fans than the World Series and becoming a national obsession. Rick Huhn re-creates the drama that ensued when Cobb, thinking the prize safely his, skipped the last two games, and Lajoie suspiciously had eight hits in a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Although initial counts favored Lajoie, American League president Ban Johnson, the sporta€™s last word, announced Cobb the winner, and amid the controversy both players received cars. The Chalmers Race details a story of dubious scorekeeping and statistical systems, of performances and personalities in conflict, of accurate results coming in seventy years too late, and of a contest settled not by play on the field but by human foibles.In Spaldinga#39;s OfficialBase Ball Guide, 1911, 141a€“43. New York: American Sports Publishing, 1911. Curcio, Vincent. Chrysler: ... Hemmings Classic Car, November 1, 2005. Fultz, David L., ed. a€œThe Stovall Case.a€ BaseballMagazine, July 1913anbsp;...

Title:The Chalmers Race
Author:Rick Huhn
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2014-04-01


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