Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-1-4422-5219-6 • Hardback • April 2016 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-4422-5220-2 • eBook • April 2016 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Keith Craig is a freelance writer, formerly of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. He is the author of New Garden Township (2010) and has written for regional magazines such as Kennett Square Today, West Chester Today, and Newark Life, as well as the weekly newspaper of Chester County, Pa.
Chapter 1: Pennock’s Preliminary Pitches
Chapter 2: Connie Mack’s Opportunity and Mistake
Chapter 3: Blossoming in Beantown
Chapter 4: The First Yankees Year: From “Worst Trade Ever” to World Series Hero
Chapter 5: From Personal Loss to Peak of His Profession
Chapter 6: World Series Wins and a Waning Career
Chapter 7: Baseball Bon Voyage Back at Boston
Chapter 8: Carpenter’s Call
Chapter 9: Fixing the Foundering Phillies
Chapter 10: 1946: Season of Surprise
Chapter 11: Robinson’s Revolution and Pennock’s “Protest”
Chapter 12: Prejudice, Pain, and Promise
Chapter 13: A Short Season, a Long Legacy
About the Author
Craig’s approach to writing this biography is much like the man he wrote about — methodical, purposeful and thoughtfully planned out. . . . Craig’s biography of Pennock is balanced, and he addresses the good and the bad about the man. He did several interviews with members of Pennock’s family and Kennett Square residents who knew the former baseball star.
— The Sports Bookie: A sports blog by Bob D’Angelo
A welcome addition to any fans library is this book. It is a subject and player that in the past has been overlooked so there is not that much information out there about him. It looks at Pennock’s stellar career for the pre-dynasty New York Yankees and the contributions he made to the game. Pennock came within four outs of being the first Pitcher to throw a World Series No-Hitter. In interviews with family and remaining friends of Pennock, the author paints a vivid picture of a great player and a well liked man.... This book was truly a welcomed learning experience for me and would add to any fans arsenal of baseball player knowledge.
— Gregg's Baseball Bookcase
An excellent work by Keith Craig, informative and exhaustive in recalling Herb Pennock’s outstanding contributions to baseball, both as a pitcher and a team executive. This book is particularly enlightening in clearing Pennock’s name from the later controversies that tarnished it unfairly.
— Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer
To some extent, Herb Pennock was overshadowed by the fellow Hall of Famers who surrounded him. Discovered and nurtured by Connie Mack, he would become the ace of a team where bats, not arms, were prized—the Murderers’ Row Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Like the pitches he threw so well, his ultimate legacy can be difficult to decipher. Lauded as a gentleman throughout a 240-win career, Pennock was the Phillies GM when late-life charges of racism clouded his reputation and possibly shortened his life. In his readable and richly detailed new biography of the man, Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher, author Keith Craig has cut through the fog surrounding those accusations and in the process reshaped our understanding of both the incident and the man.
— Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist