Announcing a New Baseball Book: Fifty-nine in ’84

Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

In 1884, Hall of Fame pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astonishing 59 games, started 73 games and completed them all, and pitched more than 678 innings. Then he went out and won all three games of baseball's first World Series. This is the book about how he did it, day by day, the agony he
endured, the courage he showed, and about how wild and intense major-league baseball was in his day.

It's also about an off-beat and compelling character. Radbourn was the first man to be photographed flipping the bird. He was prickly, hungry for money, and jealous of his reputation. A relative said he drank a quart of whiskey a day. But he may have been the most dogged competitor in baseball history. The book is also about his affair with a married woman who ran a dubious boarding house in downtown Providence, and was said to personally know every man in the National League. Radbourn died of syphilis at 43.

I'm an editor with The Providence Journal, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary. The book has received incredible reviews, from baseball diehards, professional reviewers, baseball biographers like Larry Tye and Robert Creamer, and from some of America's best-selling historians,
including Pulitzer winners Joseph J. Ellis and Gordon S. Wood. It's already one of the best-selling baseball biographies and histories at

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