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

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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, Detroit’s Ty Cobb, and the American League’s first superstar, Cleveland’s popular Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by University of Nebraska Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Brad
Mar 06, 2015 Brad rated it it was ok
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This book details an important story in baseball, and Mr. Huhn should be commended for the depth of his research.

Sadly, the book suffers from mediocre writing and is a blatant affront to Strunk and White's edict to "omit needless words."

The author, who must have purchased an excellent thesaurus, refers to sportswriters as "scribes" and at one point uses the phrase "in arrears" to indicate that a particular team was several games out of first.

Another passage describes the 1912 World Series with
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Frodo
Jul 16, 2015 Frodo rated it really liked it
As a baseball fan I appreciated having this century old controversy researched and written. Rick Huhn has given an exhaustive study of baseball's 1910 batting race, a race which remains contested despite efforts to get the history correct.
Ty Cobb and Nap LaJoie were colorful characters who come to life once more in the telling of this controversial story. For a baseball fan this is one you need to read.
Hugh Atkins
This is a great book for baseball fans. Huhn sets up the story with background on all the major participants, gives great details of the 1910 batting race, and then gives a history of the aftermath. This book also gives a history of baseball's early efforts at uniform record keeping and concludes with a section on how modern-day statistical gurus have poured over baseball's records to ensure accuracy or, in many cases, correct errors in the record. Again, a great book for baseball fans.
Mike
Aug 24, 2014 Mike rated it liked it
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I will be forever grateful for the new definition (from 1910) of the term "Hippodrome" that I learned reading this book, as well as debated pronunciations of "Lajoie", but this story didn't need 250 pages worth of telling. The research was scrupulous and interesting, but the length, given what there was to actually tell, was excessive.
Greg
May 25, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball, 2014
A baseball story I had never heard of before. Not always the most well written book(and he uses the word "imprimatur" at least three times), but the story is interesting enough to carry the book along just fine.
Carl
May 09, 2015 Carl rated it really liked it
A very good book about the 1910 Batting title race (essentially) between Cobb and Lajoie. For Real Baseball Nutters as half the book is about the actual race and the other half is about Stats geeks catching a major statistical error some 70 years later.
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