Celebrating 75 Years

Wayne State University Press

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Cobb Would Have Caught It

The Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit

Richard Bak

Detroit, History, Sports

Great Lakes Books Series

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Paperback
Published: April 1993
ISBN: 9780814323564
Pages: 392 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 80
Review

The best book ever written on the Tigers…It's Detroit, of a city and of a time and teams etched in the lives of thousands still among us.

— Detroit Free Press

The period from 1920 through the early post-World War II years remains the greatest in the long history of the Detroit Tigers Baseball Club. Between 1920 and 1950 the club won four pennants and two World Series, placed second seven times, and regularly fielded exciting, competitive teams.

Richard Bak spent ten years recording the life stories of nearly two dozen Tigers players from Detroit's "golden age." There was no pattern to how life had treated them since their playing days—some had stayed in the game as broadcasters or scouts; others had slipped into quiet anonymity as milkmen or machine repairmen. Bak retains the flavor of each man's speech and the integrity of his character. Players' interviews are prefaced with a short history of the parallel paths the city and professional baseball took from the end of World War I through the early 1950s.

Richard Bak is the author of more than twenty-five books, including A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium (Wayne State University Press, 1998), and Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars: The Negro Leagues in Detroit, 1919–1933 (Wayne State University Press, 1995).

A superb combination of Detroit baseball history, 1920-50, and oral histories of those surviving players from that era.

– Choice

Baseball fans will enjoy this book, and Tiger fans will find that it adds fresh information about their favorite team.

– Michigan Historical Review

The best book ever written on the Tigers . . . It's Detroit, of a city and of a time and teams etched in the lives of thousands still among us.

– Detroit Free Press