Fifty-Nine in '84

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Based on the book "Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had." The historical biography, by Providence Journal columnist Ed Achorn, tracks the story of a little-known pitcher who set a season record of 59 wins that never will be broken. The book is set in 1884, when baseball was in its infancy and looked down upon by much of the public, a time when pitchers threw balls at batters' heads and catchers played barehanded. The story centers on Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn and what he endured -- including pitching so much he couldn't lift his arm to comb his hair. Radbourn, who among other achievements is purported to be the first person in history to be photographed flipping the bird and who fell in love with a local madam to whom he pretended to be married.

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