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William A Cook - Author

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Waite Hoyt A Biography of the Yankees' Schoolboy Wonder

Waite Hoyt A Biography of the Yankees' Schoolboy Wonder

Author: William A. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Waite Hoyt was much more than a baseball player. A multi-faceted, sometimes troubled man, Hoyt was a vaudevillian, a mortician, a writer, a painter, and (of course) a Hall of Fame pitcher. He was also an alcoholic who overcame his demons and became one of the first players to make the transition to the announcer's booth. His teammates and managers were among the all-time greats, but he'll always be associated with his friend Babe Ruth. He was there when Ruth hit 29 homers for a new record in 1919; when Ruth hit his 60th in 1927; when the Babe hit his 714th, and last, home run; he was even a pallbearer at Ruth's funeral. His career on the mound and as the Cincinnati Reds announcer lasted from 1915 to 1965, and to walk in his footsteps is to journey through the history of baseball in the 20th century. This biography of Waite Hoyt involves many great moments in baseball history, and includes some of the classic tales that Hoyt, a natural-born storyteller, would tell about his teammates. It follows his transition from a career on the field to his career behind the microphone, and his struggles with alcoholism that almost cost him his dream of working as a broadcaster. Later chapters chronicle his years in the announcer's booth, his induction into Cooperstown, and his longtime championing of Babe Ruth as beyond compare, even as Ruth's most prominent records fell to Maris and Aaron.

Jim Thorpe A Biography

Jim Thorpe A Biography

Author: William A. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Most biographies of Jim Thorpe (1888-1953) emphasize his Olympic glory and his remarkable abilities in track and football. Thorpe's 1912 gold medals in the decathalon and pentathalon and his talent on the gridiron rank him high among outstanding athletes of the twentieth century. That Thorpe also played brilliantly on the baseball diamond is an often overlooked facet of his career. This narrative of Thorpe's rise and fall in American sports pays particular attention to his time in the major and minor leagues, including his stormy relationship with New York Giants manager John McGraw and baseball's role in stripping Thorpe of his Olympic medals. By chronicling Thorpe's involvement in baseball, football and track concurrently, this profile offers a complete portrait of one of the most versatile athletes in sports history.

The Horse

The Horse

Author: William A Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

I'm Gaining on You All Things Work Together for Good

I'm Gaining on You All Things Work Together for Good

Author: William A Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2018

I'm Gaining on You All Things Work Together for Good

I'm Gaining on You All Things Work Together for Good

Author: William A Cook Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2018

Opinions and Practice of the Founders of the Republic

Opinions and Practice of the Founders of the Republic

Author: William A Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2017

The Horse

The Horse

Author: William A Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2017

Johnny Temple

Johnny Temple

Author: William A. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2016

Cincinnati Reds leadoff hitter Johnny Temple batted over .300 three times between 1954 and 1959. A tobacco chewing and tough-talking hustler, he had a fiery disposition on the field, which led many sportswriters, teammates and opposing players to refer to him as a throwback to baseball's early days-an Eddie Stanky or Enos Slaughter type who would challenge anyone to a fight. He and Milwaukee Braves shortstop Johnny Logan engaged in one of the Major League's longest-running feuds. Temple was an expert glove man, forming one of the premier double play combinations of the 1950s with shortstop Roy McMillan. Following his retirement in 1964, making ends meet became a daily struggle. Temple's life ended in disappointment and disgrace.

Bibb Falk The Man Who Replaced Shoeless Joe

Bibb Falk The Man Who Replaced Shoeless Joe

Author: William A. Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2015

Born in Austin, Texas in 1899, standing six feet in height, Bibb August Falk was a classic stereo type of a tall Texan; a man who brimmed with confidence and played the game of baseball with a swagger. He played three years of varsity football and baseball at the University of Texas before being signed by Chicago White Sox following graduation in 1920. Falk reported to the White Sox that summer without ever having played one game in the minor leagues. Little did he know that in just a couple of months after arriving on the south side of Chicago, he as an untested rookie, would be called upon to confront the daunting challenge of replacing the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson in the White Sox lineup when he was banned from organized ball for complicity in the scandal surrounding the 1919 World Series. Retiring from major league baseball after a brilliant playing career following the 1931 season, Falk returned to the University of Texas in 1940 as head baseball coach and proceeded to become a Longhorn legend. During his twenty-five year stint as head coach, Falk's teams won two National Championships, fifteen Southwest Conference titles and four co-championships. When Bibb Falk died at the age of 90 in June 1989 he was the last surviving member of the 1920 Chicago White Sox.

Age of Fools

Age of Fools

Author: William A. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Labeling this era "e;Age of Fools"e; in the tradition of 15th century Sebastian Brant's "e;Ship of Fools"e; and embellishing his work with artwork by Edward Beardsley, William Cook writes: "e;How ironic that the self-proclaimed righteous, the born again Christian Zionists and the Jewish Zionists wheedle their way into their respective governments, preaching the Devil's agenda, using superstition, deception and hypocrisy. In the process they destroy the true and permanent tenets of Christianity and the founding principles of Democracy. America, in short, mirrors the arrogance of the Israeli state under... right-wing Zionist groups that constitute its government... With Israel, driven by its god of war, we are the twin demons of destruction that live in constant fear of all peoples who would rather die than be subjugated, exploited, or oppressed."e;

Age of Fools

Age of Fools

Author: William a Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2015

Bibb Falk

Bibb Falk

Author: William A. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2015

Born in Austin, Texas, in 1899, Bibb August Falk was the classic stereotype of a Texan, standing six feet. He brimmed with confidence and played the game of baseball with swagger. He played three years of varsity football and baseball at the University of Texas before being signed by the Chicago White Sox following graduation in 1920. Falk reported to the Sox that summer without having played a single minor league game. In just a couple of months, he-an untested rookie-would confront the challenge of replacing Shoeless Joe Jackson, newly banned from organized ball for complicity in the 1919 World Series scandal. Retiring from the major leagues in 1931 after a brilliant career, Falk returned to the University of Texas in 1940 as head baseball coach and became a Longhorn legend. During his 25 years as head coach, his teams won two National Championships, 15 Southwest Conference titles and four co-championships. When Bibb Falk died in June 1989, at the age of 90, he was the last surviving member of the 1920 Chicago White Sox.

Louisville Grays Scandal of 1877

Louisville Grays Scandal of 1877

Author: William A. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2014

By the mid-1870s, gambling in baseball threatened the public's confidence in the sport and its very existence as a professional enterprise. Recognizing this, Chicago owner William A. Hulbert and seven of his colleagues formed the National League, dedicating it to such high-minded ideals as preventing contract jumping and, most importantly, eliminating gambling from the sport. Hulbert's new league was severely threatened in 1877 by a gambling scandal that rocked its foundation. In mid-season, the Louisville Grays were the league's hottest team, but a disastrous eastern road trip caused vice president Charles Chase to question the efforts of some of his players. Sure-handed infielders were making inexplicable errors, and pitcher Jim Devlin was suddenly not as sharp as he had been previously. Chase's investigation found Devlin, A.H. Nichols, W.H. Carver, and George Hall had "e;sold"e; games, and the four were banned from the league. This work focuses first on the formation of the National League and the changing nature of professional baseball in the 1870s. The early seasons of the league are covered, and the author gives a detailed account of the Grays' 1877 season and the evidence against the four players. Also fully explored are the impact of the Grays scandal and its lasting influence on the governance of the sport.

Waite Hoyt

Waite Hoyt

Author: William A. Cook Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2012

Waite Hoyt was much more than a baseball player. A multi-faceted, sometimes troubled man, Hoyt was a vaudevillian, a mortician, a writer, a painter, and (of course) a Hall of Fame pitcher. He was also an alcoholic who overcame his demons and became one of the first players to make the transition to the announcer's booth. His teammates and managers were among the all-time greats, but he'll always be associated with his friend Babe Ruth. He was there when Ruth hit 29 homers for a new record in 1919; when Ruth hit his 60th in 1927; when the Babe hit his 714th, and last, home run; he was even a pallbearer at Ruth's funeral. His career on the mound and as the Cincinnati Reds announcer lasted from 1915 to 1965, and to walk in his footsteps is to journey through the history of baseball in the 20th century. This biography of Waite Hoyt involves many great moments in baseball history, and includes some of the classic tales that Hoyt, a natural-born storyteller, would tell about his teammates. It follows his transition from a career on the field to his career behind the microphone, and his struggles with alcoholism that almost cost him his dream of working as a broadcaster. Later chapters chronicle his years in the announcer's booth, his induction into Cooperstown, and his longtime championing of Babe Ruth as beyond compare, even as Ruth's most prominent records fell to Maris and Aaron.