Book about the 1920's World Series and Cleveland Indians
Welcome to the website of author Scott 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. Longert's 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. Outstanding baseball pitcher Joss once won 24 games in a row and threw a perfect game in 1908 against the White Sox. Due to his playing only nine years, he was ineligible for consideration to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
My new 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.
Players including Ray Chapman, Tris Speaker, Larry Gardner, Jack Graney,
Joe Wood and Bill Wamby are profiled here. Steve O'Neill and Stan Coveleski came from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to become one of the great batteries in the early 20th century. Learn how the United States entry into World War I caused the Major Leagues to end their season early and cost the Cleveland Indians any chance to win the pennant in 1918. Many ballplayers enlisted in the Army and saw action overseas. One would remark that bullets whizzing by were just like fastballs from Walter Johnson.
The book features 16 vintage photos, many never seen before! You can order The Best They Can Be by clicking on the Buy The Book Tab or you can purchase from local bookstores or on-line.
Scott will be at Lakewood Park on Sunday July 27th for a round robin Vintage Baseball Tournament. Three vintage baseball teams (1860's style) will compete against one another. Scott will give a talk on Cleveland baseball in the 19th century. Book signing to follow! August 1st Lake County Captains game.