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Scott Longert: Baseball Author and Historian

Read Scott's book about the
Cleveland Indians
And How Their 1920 Team Was Built
Welcome to the website of author Scott H. Longert. 

My first book Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers was published in 1999. It is the biography of one of the greatest pitchers in the history of professional baseball. My book details the short life of pitcher Addie Joss as he rises to the major league and enjoys a brief, astonishing career with the Indians before contracting tubercular meningitis at the age of 31 on the eve of his tenth season in the major leagues. Joss won 24 games and threw a perfect game in 1908 against the White Sox. 

My current book, The Best They Could Be: The Cleveland Indians
1916-1920, was published by Potomac Books in April of 2013. It is the story of a baseball team that overcame great adversity to win a World Series in 1920. You can read all about baseball and how it was when teams traveled by train and ballplayers needed off season jobs to support their wives and children. Also learn more about the iconic League Park in Cleveland and the tragic death of shortstop Ray Chapman. The story includes profiles of Tris Speaker, Stan Coveleski, Steve O'Neill and Elmer Smith, the man who hit the first grand slam in World Series history.

Scott is pleased to announce that he has written a new book on the Cleveland Indians and the Great Depression! The book will be published by the Ohio University Press. There will be chapters on the ownership change, Municipal Stadium and the debut of Bob Feller. Players including Mel Harder, Earl Averill, and Hal Trosky are profiled along with Wes Ferrell and Johnny Allen. (April 2)

 Scott's new book, No Money, No Beer, No Pennants will be available in mid October. The book traces the progress of the Cleveland Indians in the Great Depression years from 1927-1936. It was a time for change when radio came into play along with a huge new stadium in Cleveland despite the fact most fans did not have the money to buy a ticket. Prohibition ended and beer flowed freely in Major League parks. The cover is finished with an action photo of Willis Hudlin pitching before an empty grandstand that symbolizes the dire state of the early 1930's. (May 5)

Scott is working on an updated version of King of the Pitchers: The Story of Addie Joss. The original was published in 1999. There are additional pages and more info on the life of one of Baseball's great stars! The book cover is nearly finished and ready for distribution!  The index is done and the book should be available in about two weeks!  (May 18)
(New Blog Post May 29)!