Danny Litwhiler

Living the Baseball Dream

Daniel Litwhiler with Jim Sargent
Book Cover

HC: $47.00
EAN: 978-1-59213-524-0
Publication: Sep 06

312 pages
6 x 9
2 tables, 13 halftones

The fascinating career of a major league baseball player, manager, coach, goodwill ambassador, and inventor


Danny Litwhiler has "lived the dream" of a life in baseball. After growing up and learning to play ball in Ringtown, Pa., he enjoyed an eleven-and-a-half-year career in the major leagues, during which he had the opportunity to play for his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and to play in two World Series. In 1942, he set a record for 151 consecutive errorless games as an outfielder-rather ironic since he led the league in errors (15) the year before!

After his career in the majors, Litwhiler coached college baseball for almost thirty years, and over 100 of his players, including Steve Garvey, Dick Howser, and Kirk Gibson, later signed professional contracts. But Danny Litwhiler was even more than a player and coach. He invented many devices used in the game today, such as the Jugs radar gun, which measures the velocity of pitches. And he was a goodwill ambassador for baseball—promoting it internationally, from Central and South America to Europe and Japan.

Throughout his life, Litwhiler has passed on to others his knowledge and enthusiasm for baseball. His engaging memoir conveys his passion for the game as he fondly recalls playing with legends like Jackie Robinson and Enos Slaughter, teaching future major leaguers, and his tireless promotion of the game wherever he went. He has truly lived a baseball life.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Stan Musial
Note on the Cover Illustration by Buck Paulson
1. Living the Baseball Dream: From Ringtown to the World Series
2. The Ringtown Years: 1916-1940
3. The Philadelphia Phillies Years: 1940-1943
4. The National League Baseball Parks in the 1940s
5. The St. Louis Cardinals Years: 1943-1946
6. The Boston Braves Years: 1946-1948
7. The Cincinnati Reds Years: 1948-1951
8. The Minor League Manager-Player Years: 1952-1954
9. The Florida State University Years: 1954-1963
10. The Michigan State University Years: 1963-1983
11. Cincinnati Reds Minor League Hitting Instructor and Consultant: 1983-1988
12. The International Years: 1946-1984

About the Author(s)

Danny Litwhiler is a former major league baseball player whose eleven and a half year career during the 1940s and 1950s included stints with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, and Cincinnati Reds. He played in two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the World's Championship in 1944 against the St. Louis Browns. He set a fielding record for outfielders by playing an entire season-every game, every inning-in 1942 without making a single error. He was also head baseball coach at Florida State University for nine years and at Michigan State University for twenty years.

Jim Sargent is a History Professor and Dean of the Social Science Division, Virginia Western Community College.


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