Bad Boys, Bad Times (Paperback)
The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937–1941
Ohio University Press, 9780821423806, 284pp.
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
In 1937, the Great Depression was still lingering, but at baseball parks across the country there was a sense of optimism. Major League attendance was on a sharp rise. Tickets to an Indians game at League Park on Lexington and East 66th were $1.60 for box seats, $1.35 for reserve seats, and $.55 for the bleachers. Cleveland fans were particularly upbeat—Bob Feller, the teenage phenomenon, was a farm boy with a blistering fast ball. Night games were an exciting development. Better days were ahead.
But there were mounting issues facing the Indians. For one thing, it was rumored that the team had illegally signed Feller. Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was looking into that matter and one other. Issues with an alcoholic catcher, dugout fights, bats thrown into stands, injuries, and a player revolt kept things lively.
In Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937–1941—the follow-up to his No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression—baseball historian Scott H. Longert writes about an exciting period for the team, with details and anecdotes that will please fans all over.
About the Author
Scott H. Longert is the author of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers, The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916–1920, and No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression. He lives in Beachwood, Ohio, with his wife, Vicki, their handsome golden retriever, and two cool cats.
Praise For Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937–1941…
“Tribe fans will read it with great enthusiasm and baseball historians will reference it often, as Scott Longert brings much new, important information to the table.”—Jon Hart, author of Man versus Ball: One Ordinary Guy and His Extraordinary Sports Adventures
“Much has been written about the great Indians players of the 1930s, but not so much on the team itself…. Longert knows his stuff and goes to the right sources, and excels at capturing life in baseball at a particularly critical time for Clevelanders as well as the country.”—Marc Bona, features writer, Cleveland.com