Standing the Gaff

Standing the Gaff

Author: Harry Johnson

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080327579X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 148

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Harry "Steamboat" Johnson brought to early baseball great integrity and a pugnacious style. Toughness?being able to "stand the gaff"?was essential during his long career afs an umpire. From 1909 to 1935 Johnson umpired in exhibition games andøminor leagues (except for the 1914 season in the National League) from Los Angeles to Toronto. When fans screamed "Kill the umpire!" he responded he'd rather die on a baseball field than anywhere else. With disarming directness and humor, Steamboat Johnson tells what it was like umpiring for various leagues (the wild Western was nicknamed "101 Ranch"), being on the road (lonely because umpires could not fraternize with players), and getting into all sorts of jams (he once took on Ty Cobb in a 1922 exhibition game between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals). "Standing the gaff" meant surviving the wrath of players?and of fans, who hurled insults and pop bottles. After a game, Steamboat would be escorted to his hotel by the police. Johnson instructs would-be umpires, answers questions from fans, and names the best players he ever saw. Until now, Standing the Gaff, originally published in 1935, has been hard to find. This Bison Book edition makes it available to buffs and social historians and those curious about baseball in its rowdy adolescence. In a new introduction, Larry R. Gerlach tells more about Steamboat's life.

Standing the Gaff
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Harry Johnson
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-01-01 - Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

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