The House of David Baseball Team|
by Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino
Arcadia Publishing, 2000 | Buy the book
GROVER CLEVELAND ALEXANDER | Pitcher/Manager for House of David, 1931-35. Born in Elba, Nebraska in 1887, Grover Cleveland Alexander started his career in 1911 with the Philadelphia Phillies, and won 28 games in that rookie season, a league record. He continued playing until 1930, while compiling a 373-208 win-loss record with the Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals.
In 1931, he was persuaded by promoter Ray Doan to join the House of David Team. His role was defined as manager, pitcher, and box office drawing card. The only player not required to grow a beard, he was given an additional 35c a day for razor money, which was used primarily to purchase alcohol. His drinking problem kept Alexander from being the leader that Doan wanted him to be. Alexander's biggest year with the House of David was the 1934 season when Satchel Paige was recruited to play for the team in the Denver Post Tournament, which they won.
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From The House of David Baseball Team by Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino.
Copyright © 2000 by Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino. Excerpted with permission.