B a s e b a l l H i s t o r i a n
Scott Longert: Baseball Author and Historian
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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. See below for update
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 hist
Scott's new book, No Money, No Beer, No Pennants will be available in 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. (August 5)
Scott is pleased to announce the revised edition of Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers is available for purchase. You can buy a copy online at Amazon books. Just go to: www.amazon.com/Scott-Longert/e/B00BJ7V2FK The updated version has new stories on Joss including a postscript on Addie's induction to the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame and a special day at League Park. (August 5))
Scott is beginning to make plans for a Fall book tour around Ohio and Wisconsin. Scott will be in Wisconsin the week before Thanksgiving. Dates for book signings around northeast Ohio will be available soon. About twelve dates have been confirmed:
October 29 - Barnes & Noble (Mentor) OH 1-3
November 9 - South Euclid Library, OH 7:00
November 18 - Wayland Academy, WI 7:00
November 19 - Tribeca Books, Watertown WI 10-12
(New Blog Post August 19)! Read about the tragic death of Ray Chapman ninety six years ago.