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Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball's Golden Age

Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball's Golden Age
Steve Accepting the Shocker Award at SABR's National Convention in Pittsburgh
Steve accepts the Shocker Award at SABR's National Convention in Pittsburgh
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Pub. Date: April 1, 2017
University of Nebraska Press
Hardcover , 352pp
ISBN-13: 9780803295995

Urban Shocker is a winner of the 2018 SABR Baseball Research Award Podcast icon
“Biography as it ought to be done. Steinberg takes us inside the life of a man far better appreciated in his own time than he is today. Urban Shocker’s was a life full of struggle, first for deserved recognition and then - when that recognition finally came - for health. The book combines attention to detail with feeling.”

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Steve’s long-awaited biography of 1920s pitching star Urban Shocker has been published by the University of Nebraska Press. 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

Steve Steinberg joins Matt Vasgersian on MLB Central to talk about his new book on former baseball player, Urban Shocker Steven Steinberg joins MLB Now to discuss his new book about Yankees' pitcher Urban Shocker Game Changing Stats MLB Network and Steve Compare the 1920's to the Modern Game
MLB Interview with Steve on Former Baseball Player Urban Shocker MLB Now Discussing Urban Shocker Comparing the 1920's to the Modern Game

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