42: The Jackie Robinson Story: The Official Movie Novel by Aaron Rosenberg, Brian Helgeland

By Aaron Rosenberg, Brian Helgeland

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A motion picture tie-in novel approximately Jackie Robinson's existence tale. This booklet is a novelization of Brian Helgeland's screenplay.

A novel in accordance with the motion picture 42—a biopic approximately Jackie Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers because the first African American significant League Baseball player.

Includes a full-color insert of photographs from the motion picture.

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Consequently, 50 different franchise players, stretching from Al Spalding's 1876 all the way through to the 1992 season contributed by Greg Maddux, comprise the listing. Another principle that guided our choices specified that, for example, batting averages, slugging averages, or low ERAs are not necessarily indicators, by and of themselves, of super seasons, however important a part of the total picture of one season they may be. To get a well-rounded, more comprehensive look at what was going on in a given season, we considered: 1) How the league in general, and the Cubs in particular, fared in the player's big season.

Sabermetrician: from SABR, an acronym for Society of American Baseball Research, referring to the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records. Page 1 AT THE SUMMIT OF THE SUMMIT: AN INTRODUCTION THE TOP 101) John Clarkson, 1885, P6) Ernie Banks, 1959, SS2) Rogers Hornsby, 1929, 2B7) Ryne Sandberg, 1984, 2B3) Grover Alexander, 1920, P8) Ferguson Jenkins, 1971, P4) Ron Santo, 1966, 3B9) Jack Taylor, 1902, P5) Mordecai Brown, 1906, P10) Greg Maddux, 1992, P The superbly gifted ballplayers who fashioned the Top 10 greatest single seasons in Cubs history stretch across a century of baseball in the Big Show.

The linear weights and measurements he uses furnish the wherewithal to rate Orvie Overall's 1909 better than Hank Sauer's 1952, and on through the list. We'll see how that works in sample cases just ahead. Let's take a look at a position player and a pitcher to familiarize ourselves with the terms and abbreviations used throughout the book. To do so, we're going to review the statistical data on Don Kessinger's 1969 season (a position player, and a 1969 Gold Glover, at that), and the 1926 season of pitcher Charlie Root, a Wrigley Field favorite during the '20s and '30s.

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