Fifty-Nine in '84

Genre: Sports

Fifty-Nine in '84

Performed by:
Ax Norman

In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles 'Old Hoss' Radbourn won an astounding 59 games—more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series. Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War—a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win. It is the tale, too, of the woman Radbourn loved, Carrie Stanhope, the alluring proprietress of a boarding-house with shady overtones, a married lady who was said to have personally known every man in the National League. Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.

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Run time: 12 hours
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Author
Edward Achorn
Narrator
Ax Norman

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