Joe Niese brings Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes to life

From Brandon Berg at The Chippewa Herald on April 30, 2013, with mention of SABR member Joe Niese:

Burleigh Grimes was the last of a dying breed. A fierce competitor known for never backing away from a fight, he pitched in four World Series over his 19-year career, and in 1964 was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Grimes is also one of the few Wisconsin-born players to make it into the hall, and is one of the two most famous people to hail from the small Polk County town of Clear Lake, also the home of former governor Gaylord Nelson.

All of that gave a Chippewa Falls man plenty of rich history to mine, and Joe Niese has become the first author to chronicle  the 270-game winner’s journey through the game of baseball and life.

Niese’s book, “Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer,” became available to the public last week. It is the culmination of 2 1/2 years of work and research into the life of the Clear Lake native, who also lived in Holcombe for a time.

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Originally published: April 30, 2013. Last Updated: April 30, 2013.