William Cook's "Diamond Madness" recounts some of the strangest incidents in baseball history

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released best-selling author William A. Cook’s baseball history compilation “Diamond Madness: The Strange, Rowdy, Violent and sometimes Racist Relationship between Major League Fans and Players.”

dm_fcAbout the Book:
For more than one hundred and thirty-five years baseball has been considered America’s game. Major league baseball was the first sport in the country to be played before large crowds in enclosed stadiums. Also it was the first sport to have its games broadcast daily on powerhouse 50,000 watt radio stations from the east coast to the Great Plains.

For as long as the “Grand Old Game” of baseball has existed there has been a close relationship between the fans and players. Generally that relationship has amounted to harmless hero worship; fathers passing stories of the grandstand heroes of their youth on to future generations of fans. However, at times a dark side has come to the fore in the relationship between fans and players; one that has been rowdy, sometimes racist, sometimes violent and in some cases deadly. Episodes of rowdyism and violence involving fans and players in major league baseball tend to attract wider media coverage and tend to be more controversial than those in other professional sports because baseball is an environment considered to be family oriented and one deeply rooted in American culture through legends, song and verse.

Contents:
Mugging The Umpire
Ty Cobb Attacks Fan
Troubles for John McGraw
Babe Ruth booed, wants to fight fans
Memorable Incidents of Post Season Fan Rowdyism
Eddie Waitkus shot By Deranged Admirer
Mystery Bullet Kills Fan at the Polo Grounds
The Duke of Flatbush fights Fan in the Queen City
Personal Troublers and Death Threats for Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin
Jim Piersall vs. the Fans
Henry Aaron, Racism, Death Threats and 715
Steel City Melodrama
Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland
Lyman Bostock shot and killed in Gary, Indiana
Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park
Joe Morgan illegally arrested at Los Angeles International Airport
The Steve Bartman Affair
Giants Fan Is Beaten Senseless at Dodger Stadium
Major Leaguers as Crime Victims
Latin Players: Big Contracts and Security Risks
Appendices:
True Bill – Indictment of Ruth Ann Steinhagen
Petition filed on behalf of Ruth Ann Steinhagen

Diamond Madness
Authored by William A. Cook
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
270 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062258
ISBN-10: 1620062259
BISAC: Sports/Baseball/History

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Diamond-Madness-97816200…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook

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