Ed Delahanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball


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 first “King of Swatsville s” life and career, 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. In this “Emerald Age” of baseball, Irish-American players comprised 30-50 percent of all players, managers, and team captains. 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 gambli