The Case of the Mysterious Lithuanian Hex: The Cleveland Cab Driver Who Jinxed Joe DiMaggio (Baseball Chronicles) (Volume 1)

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On July 17, 1941, the streak ended. Many people know immediately what that streak is—explaining it is not even necessary. Certainly, the title gives plenty of foreshadowing to “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say. However, as stories go, we must explain the beginning before we get to the end—and in this saga the beginning starts in Cleveland. For those of you who are impatient, the story is about baseball; however, you will find that this tale contains so much more. You should also know that this narrative, while about baseball, is ultimately a mystery. Of course, there are many of you who are saying, “What story starts in Cleveland?” nevertheless; the writer will attempt to dissuade that opinion. This book examines the hex, or jinx put on the New York Yankees' Joe DiMaggio by an unsuspecting Cleveland cabbie on July 17, 1941. While there have been many publications that review Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, and many that mention this Cleveland cab driver, no solid evidence or background has been provided on this particular subject. Further, many have overlooked the historical importance of the mysterious Cleveland cabbie; this work will attempt to accomplish this task. This book is a case in short; it reveals information not previously known to the baseball community at large and offers, through the course of investigation, new insights into the reasons for the ending of Joe DiMaggio's now legendary consecutive games hit streak. In this case the reader will find out just who this cabbie was, and discover how the cabdriver contributes to a new, previously untold baseball narrative.

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Robert Roy Foresman is currently a M.A. student in History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Foresman is serves as a research and teaching assistant at UNK in the History department, while at the same time is CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at ACD Telecommunications in Dublin, California. Having served formerly in the U.S. Army during Operation Enduring Freedom, Foresman has a passion for military research; however baseball and sport history are also of interest. Foresman has been an active participant at historical conferences and events over the past six years, including the Missouri Valley History Conference, Northern Great Plains History Conference, and many local and state historical societies across the United States. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the Blue Key Honor Society. Upon completion of his M.A. degree at UNK, Foresman plans to pursue a career in academia and obtain a PhD. in History, concentrating on baseball, military and sport history. Foresman enjoys camping, canoeing and a plethora of outdoor activities; he is an avid sports fan and his favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City. He also enjoys volunteering in any capacity when it comes to historical preservation and education.

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