Cobb Would Have Caught It
The Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit
Pages: 392 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 80 black and white images
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.
A superb combination of Detroit baseball history, 1920-50, and oral histories of those surviving players from that era.
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