Bestselling American Revolution Biographies in 2020
Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue (Women of Action)
The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution
- The Swamp Fox How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides
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The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
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Alexander Hamilton: First Architect Of The American Government
Thomas Paine Writes Common Sense (Graphic Heroes of the American Revolution)
Rebel with a Cause: The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books)
- History of the American Revolution, 1775-1783
- By David McCullough, twice recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Truman and John Adams and twice recipient of the National Book Award for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback
The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution
Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution
Miracles of the American Revolution: Divine Intervention and the Birth of the Republic
Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution
Six Notable Baseball Biography Movies
There are many movies about baseball, but not many are biographies of actual players. Here are a few notable biographical baseball movies
I admit it. I am a baseball geek. That does not mean I am a statistics geek; I am a fan of the game itself. I still have the baseball cards I collected as a kid. I have seen every "baseball" movie ever produced. My high-school first baseman's glove is still tucked away on a shelf in my closet. I played baseball in college, catch 10-15 Detroit Tigers home games every season, and am a student of baseball history.
The recent release of the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" got me thinking about baseball movies of the past. From "Pride of the Yankees" thru "Moneyball" if it is a movie involving, baseball; I have seen it. Bu t relatively few baseball movies are biographies of real players in the fashion of "42". Here are some notable examples:
Baseball Bio Movies:
"The Winning Team" 1952: Can you imagine anything more American than a baseball movie starring Ronald Reagan and Doris Day? The movie tells the story of Grover Cleveland Alexander, who pitched the Cardinals to World Series glory in 1926 after being out of baseball due to alcohol problems. Yes, ballplayers had substance abuse issues in the old days too.
"Fear Strikes Out" 1957: This is the "true" story of Jimmy Piersall, who fought a lifelong battle with mental illness (bipolar disorder) while forging a 17-year major league baseball career, in which he was named to the All-Star team twice. The movie makers take some dramatic license with the facts, but it still ranks as one of my favorite baseball movies. Anthony Perkins, who played Piersall, went on to greater fame as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho".
"Pride of the Yankees" Gary Cooper played Lou Gehrig in this tear-jerker that played homage to one of baseball's greatest stars whose tragic death at age 37 touched the entire nation. For those unfamiliar with his story, Gehrig's consecutive games played streak was stopped at 2,130 games when he was stricken with amyotrophic lateral, sclerosis, now commonly called "Lou Gehrig's Disease".
"COBB" 1994: Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb was one of baseball's all-time great players. He was also mean-spirited, virulently racist and spiteful. He died a lonely and bitter man. Tommy Lee Jones, who played Cobb, broke his leg shortly before filming and performed most of his scenes in a cast.
"Eight Men Out" 1988: This movie told the story of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" scandal. Eight member of the team were banned from baseball for life after it was discovered they intentionally lost games, allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series. Jackson's guilt was never proven, but he was banned nonetheless.
"The Babe Ruth Story" 1948: Some critics have savaged this movie, starring William Bendix, as the worst sports biography movie ever made. Bendix was decidedly un-athletic and unconvincing in the baseball scenes. The movie was rushed through production to be released while Ruth was still alive. It shows. The "Babe" was America's greatest ever sports hero. He was a larger than life figure that deserved a better and more honest telling of his story.