2 Sentence Review: Fifty-nine in ’84 by Edward Achorn

April 15, 2010

No, this is not the number of electoral college votes Walter Mondale received in his race against Ronald Reagan in 1984 (he could only wish-in fact, he received only 13 votes), but instead the number of games Hoss Radbourn won pitching for the Providence Grays in the 112 game National League season in 1884. Though it is indeed a lively story of baseball in that forgotten age, it is also a story of 19th century city life, transportation, communication, working conditions, and—surprise, surprise— servitude of women.

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