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Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball's Golden Age

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Pub. Date: April 1, 2017
University of Nebraska Press
Hardcover , 352pp
ISBN-13: 9780803295995

Steve’s long-awaited biography of 1920s pitching star Urban Shocker will be published by the University of Nebraska Press this coming spring, 2017. Shocker starred for the Yankees in 1926 (19-11 record) and 1927 (18-6 record) while he was dying of heart disease. This prompted Mark Gallagher to write in The Yankees Encyclopedia, "Quite possibly Urban was the most courageous man in sports history. Ill with a swollen heart, Urban fought bravely in his last few years to play baseball and indeed for life itself." Here is the cover of the book, a compelling story of courage and love of the game, along with some blurbs by sportswriters and commentators:

The name alone - Urban Shocker - is enough to grab your attention, but the story is what won't let you go. The short life of this canny pitcher of baseballs during the Roaring Twenties was filled with enough highs and lows, triumphs and heartaches, to keep you awake late into the night. Join Urban, Babe Ruth and a fine cast of characters for the bumpy, but well-written ride. Good stuff. -- Leigh Montville, Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated journalist, and author of best-selling biographies of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams

Steve Steinberg makes history come alive. He paints such a vivid picture of the 1920's you would think he was actually there and experienced it himself. -- Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, sports radio and TV personality

I would rather read Steve Steinberg on Urban Shocker than just about anyone else on anything else. Steinberg and Shocker go together like Cracker Jack and baseball. You won't care if you never get back! -- Rob Neyer, author, commentator, and analyst for Bill James, ESPN, SB Nation and Fox Sports

From the greatest team of all-time comes one of baseball's most tragic—and somehow—forgotten players. Urban Shocker deserved better, and thanks to Steve Steinberg and his meticulous research, his fascinating story is finally told. -- Brian Kenny, MLB Network studio host

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