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Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball
by Burt Solomon
In the 1890s, the legendary Baltimore Orioles of the National League [sic] under the tutelage of manager Ned Hanlon, perfected a style of play known as "scientific baseball," featuring such innovations as the sacrifice bunt, the hit- and-run, the squeeze play, and the infamous Baltimore chop. Its best hitter, Wee Willie Keeler, had the motto "keep your eye clear and hit 'e ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 14th 2000 by Main Street Books
(first published August 4th 1999)
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Burt Solomon has written a wonderful history of the original Baltimore Orioles, which as all good history does, involves the interwoven stories of the people involved. With the focus on John McGraw, Hughie Jennings, Wilbert Robinson, and especially "Wee" Willie Keeler, Where They Ain't details the rise and fall of the Orioles. The first "fall" landed most of the Orioles in Brooklyn; the second put the franchise in New York, that franchise now known as the Yankees. This is not just the story of b ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Spiros rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want a feel for "the good old days" of Baseball, and don't mind being disillusioned
A book that felt simultaneously very long, and at the same time slightly sketchy. Solomon tells the story of the Baltimore Orioles team that, starting in 1893, revolutionized the national game, focusing on the Big Four of John McGraw, Hughey Jennings, Joe Kelley, and "Wee" Willie Keeler, and puts that account into the much larger context of the political and financial machinations engaged in by the game's ownership. The phrase "Where They Ain't" turns out to be a pretty apt description of Baltim ...more