This is a facsimile edition of the celebrated 1953 history of the Phillies. Fred Lieb and Stan Baumgartner's history of the Philadelphia Phillies was originally published in 1953 as part of the celebrated series of major league team histories published by G. P. Putnam. With their colorful prose and delightful narratives, the Putnam books have been described as the Cadillac of the genre and have become prized collectibles for baseball readers and historians. Together Lieb and Baumgartner chronicle the Phillies franchise's turbulent past - from its frustrating early decades, through its heartbreaking loss to the Boston Red Sox in the 1915 World Series, to its exciting 'Whiz Kids' pennant of 1950. Phillies legends like Grover Cleveland Alexander, Chuck Klein, and Ed Delahanty fill these pages, and their colorful anecdotes are woven into the fabric of each season's story. In addition to its comprehensive and intimate examination of the team's history, ""The Philadelphia Phillies"" addresses the challenge of rooting for an often-struggling home team in a city known for its passionate baseball fans. Lieb's devotion to his hometown Phillies and overall love of the game and Baumgartner's unique insight as a Philadelphia sports writer and former player often lead to thoughtful advice and comfort for long-suffering Phillies fans. A trip through a rocky but remarkable past, ""The Philadelphia Phillies"" is another enjoyable addition to the ""Writing Sports Series"". ""The Writing Sports Series"" publishes reprints of classic sports books and original manuscripts of literary quality. The series is open to submissions from all sports fields, though its emphasis is on baseball because of its historical standing as the national pastime. The series publishes fiction and nonfiction and is interested in diverse topics dealing with the role of sports in defining culture and society.
Frederick G. Lieb became one of the first living writers inducted into the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame when he received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1972. He covered baseball for nearly seventy years and wrote twelve books, including six of the Putnam team histories. Author of seventeen books, Bob Broeg began his sportswriting career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1945 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979