Stanley Coveleski’s life was a story of triumph and tragedy.
He was born in the Coal Region town of Shamokin, PA in 1889, the eighth child of Polish immigrants, and went to work as a breaker boy when he was 12. But he escaped the 12-hour work days in the mines by throwing stones at a can tied to a tree—his own crash course in how to pitch a baseball.
Years later, he was one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. In a season marked by personal and team tragedy—the death of his wife and his teammate Ray Chapman, who is the only player to die as a result of being hit by a pitch—Covey pitched three complete-game victories in the Cleveland Indians’ 1920 World Series championship.
Covey, one of 17 pitchers still allowed to throw a spitball after it being outlawed before the 1921 season, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
Beacon Audiobooks has just released “Covey: A Stone’s Throw from a Coal Mine to the Hall of Fame” written by author Harry Dietz and narrated by John Guccion.
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