Other books by David L. Fleitz:

Click here to learn more about Silver Bat and Automobiles.

Click here to learn more about The Irish in Baseball: An Early History.Click here to find out more about Cap Anson: The Grand Old Man of Baseball.

Click here to learn more about More Ghosts in the Gallery.Click here to find out more about Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown.

Click here to find out more about Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson.Click here to find out more about Louis Sockelexis: The First Cleveland Indian.


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Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers

by David L. Fleitz

Napoleon Lajoie was:

  • The American League's first superstar

  • The third member of the 3,000 hit club 

  • Triple Crown winner 

  • The sixth player elected to the Hall of Fame

Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers is the first full-length treatment of this baseball legend.  David Fleitz, author of the award-winning Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson, has once again succeeded in bringing an interesting and complex figure to life.  The book is published by McFarland and Company of Jefferson, North Carolina, a recognized industry leader in works on baseball history.


About the Book:

Napoleon Lajoie was the sixth player, and the first second baseman, to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his career, which lasted from 1896 to 1916, he was regularly called the "King of Ballplayers" and was widely regarded as the greatest baseball player of all time before Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth came along. Colorful, competitive, and often unpredictable, Lajoie was so popular that the Cleveland team was called the Naps in his honor while he played for them. He was a multiple batting champion, the American League's first Triple Crown winner, and the third member of the 3,000 hits club. This book is the first ever full-length biography of this long ago superstar.

The reviewers speak:

"This full biography of Lajoie, the first ever, will be welcomed by baseball history buffs."

-Library Journal



About the Author:

David Fleitz is a resident of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan and is employed as a software developer and systems designer.  David, a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) since 2000,  is the award-winning author of Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson (McFarland, 2001), which was named as the best baseball biography of the year by Rob Neyer of ESPN.com.  His next book was Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian (McFarland, 2002), which was a finalist for the Seymour Medal, an annual award for the best baseball book published that year.  Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers is his eighth book for McFarland.

David is also a baseball trivia expert, winning the annual competition at the national SABR convention three times (in Seattle in 2006, St. Louis in 2007, and Cleveland in 2008) after taking second place in Toronto in 2005.  He has authored articles for SABR's Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, and his work appears in several recent compilations, including Deadball Stars of the National League (Brassey's, 2005) and Deadball Stars of the American League (Potomac Books, 2007).  He wrote two chapters from an upcoming book on the world champion 1957 Milwaukee Braves, due to be published later in 2013.





How to order:

There are three ways to order Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers.

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