Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball

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Jerrold Casway’s fascinating biography of legendary baseball player Ed Delahanty (1867–1903) offers a compelling examination of the life and career of the first “King of Swatsville," including the enigma surrounding his tragic and untimely death. Through Delahanty’s story, Casway traces the evolving character of major league baseball and its effect on the lives and ambitions of its athletes. Delahanty’s career spanned the last decades of the nineteenth century during a time when the sons of post-famine Irish refugees dominated the sport and changed the playing style of America’s national pastime. Baseball for Delahanty and other young Irishmen was a ticket out of poverty and into a life of fame and fortune. The allure and promise of celebrity and wealth, however, were disastrous for Delahanty; he found himself enmeshed in desperate contract dealings and a gambling addiction that drove him to alcohol abuse. The owner of the fourth highest lifetime batting average, Delahanty mysteriously disappeared and was found at the bottom of Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls.

“Casway’s important and highly original book represents many years of thorough and dedicated research, thoughtful analysis and interpretation, and the author’s intense interest in his subject.” —Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Loyola University “Part history, part mystery, Casway’s book offers fascinating insights into baseball at the turn of the century and the tragic death of one of its superstars.” —Stan Hochman, Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News

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Jerrold Casway is professor of history and chair of the Social Sciences/Teacher Education Division at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. He specializes in early modern Irish history and nineteenth-century baseball.

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“Long before the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, Ed Delahanty was the 'King of Swatsville.' A player for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Senators who still holds the record for the fourth highest lifetime batting average, Delahanty “personified the flamboyant, exciting spectator-favorite, the Casey-at-the-bat, Irish slugger” writes Jerrold Casway in Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball. He was the “handsome masculine athlete who was expected to live as large as he played.” And he did: Gambling his way into a drinking problem, he turned up dead at the bottom of Niagara's Horseshoe Falls.” --The Washington Post, Book World Section, April 2, 2006

"Historians of Irish-American life and baseball fans will find much to admire in Jerrold Casway's approach to telling the story of Ed Delahanty, the 'Irish kid from Cleveland' who rubbed shoulders with and played against some of the greatest players of the late-nineteenth century dead-ball era. Ed Delahanty and the Emerald Age of Baseball is an informative and well-researched biography that gives readers an excellent portrait of the man and the age. Casway conveys the excitement and the intrigues that characterized Delahanty's life, and indeed, his era in the national pastime." --New Hibernia Review, Vol. 9, Number 3, Autumn 2005

“... Casway ... provides a colorful study of the life and times of one of baseball’s earliest sluggers at a time when the game was the unchallenged national pastime. Casway has written a fascinating, carefully researched biography of a long-neglected baseball hero that will appeal to scholars as well as general readers. Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the culture and evolution of the national pastime at the turn of the century.” —History: Reviews of New Books, Volume 33, No. 1, Fall 2004

". . . this is an estimable biography. If Ed Delahanty has been a neglected figure in baseball history, now, thanks to Jerrold Casway's dedication and perseverance, he has finally received the kind of thorough treatment he has long deserved." —Journal of Sport History(Fall 2004)

“ . . . A staggering work by historian Jerrold Casway from 2004 that may be the most overlooked great baseball book in recent years.” —Oakland Tribune, April 8, 2006 

"Casway has written a fascinating, carefully researched biography of a long-neglected baseball hero that will appeal to scholars as well as general readers. Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the culture and evolution of the national pastime at the turn of the century." —History(Fall 2004)

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