Wrong side of the wall : the life of Blackie Schwamb, the greatest prison baseball player of all time (Book, 2004) [WorldCat.org]
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Wrong side of the wall : the life of Blackie Schwamb, the greatest prison baseball player of all time

Author: Eric Stone
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyon's Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set against the grime-and-glitter backdrop of mid-20th century Los Angeles, this is the true story of a talented young athlete in the days before special ability in sports was a ticket to riches. Faced with a choice of sure success in the revered but grueling world of major league baseball or the easy money, fast times, and glamour of organized crime, Ralph "Blackie" Schwamb tried to have it all. But the pull of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Ralph Richard Schwamb; Ralph Richard Schwamb
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Stone
ISBN: 1592284396 9781592284399
OCLC Number: 57186309
Description: x, 309 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Eric Stone.
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Set against the grime-and-glitter backdrop of mid-20th century Los Angeles, this is the true story of a talented young athlete in the days before special ability in sports was a ticket to riches. Faced with a choice of sure success in the revered but grueling world of major league baseball or the easy money, fast times, and glamour of organized crime, Ralph "Blackie" Schwamb tried to have it all. But the pull of the underworld was inevitably too strong, and Blackie, a rising star pitcher for the St. Louis Browns at 22, was behind bars for a brutal murder at 23. Like a fast-paced novel, this book races breathlessly through Depression-era and World War II L.A. and into the postwar economic boom, plunging into a world of gangsters, nightclubs, girls, guns, gambling, and booze, from Mexico to Canada--and baseball, mostly behind prison walls.--From publisher description.

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