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The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie": The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game

John A. Simpson

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ISBN 10: 0786430508 / ISBN 13: 9780786430505
Published by McFarland, 2007
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie": The...

Publisher: McFarland

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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In 1908 baseball was the only game that mattered in the South. With no major league team in the region, rivalries between Southern Association cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans were heated. This season, however, no city was as baseball-crazed as Nashville, whose Vols had been league doormat in 1907. After an unpromising start, the Nashville club clawed its way into contention during the month of July, rising into the upper division, then into a battle for first. Local interest intensified, as the competitive fire of Nashville fans was stoked by sharp-tongued columnist Grantland Rice and the city's three daily newspapers. By the time the Vols met the New Orleans Pelicans for a season-ending series, and the championship, the city was gripped by a pennant fever that shut down the commercial district. Nearly 13,000 people thronged the Nashville ballpark, Sulphur Dell, for the third and deciding contest. What they saw was described by Rice as "the greatest game ever played in Dixie."

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John A. Simpson is a retired high school history teacher and baseball coach. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oregon. He lives in Kelso, Washington.

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