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Babe Adams 

"The 29, 577 crowd that attended the first game [of the 1909 World Series] was rather surprised to see Adams warm up to face George Mullin, the Tiger ace, and a 29-game American League winner.

"'Aren't they sending a boy on a man's errand?" and 'Do they expect that kid to hold off Mullin?' were some of the pregame comments from loyal National League sympathizers.

But they didn't know their boy!"

-- Frederick G. Lieb
The Pittsburgh Pirates
World Champion 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
 

The Pittsburgh Pirates
by Frederick G. Lieb
Southern Illinois University Press, 2003

Originally published in 1948, this classic history of the Pittsburgh baseball franchise has been reissued by Southern Illlinois University Press in its Writing Baseball series.

The author, Frederick Lieb, was one of the best baseball journalists from its earliest days. He covered the game for 70 years and was one of the first living writers to be inducted into the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

This history, written in colorfully accessible prose, chronicles the club's history from its 1882 origins as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies to its spring training preparations for the 1948 season, a span that includes six National League pennants and three World Series appearances. 


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