This page is dedicated to my first book, "The Lystons". I started the
research for this project in 1995 and began to put the information in
book form in January of 2002. Now, in 2008, I have finally completed this
510 page effort.|
I wrote this book in memory of my grandfather, Jimmy Lyston. His professional baseball career spanned a decade, plus he played semi-pro baseball for almost twenty years. He played with and against some of the greatest players in baseball history. I am named after my granddad and he was my godparent. He took me to my first little league practice and never missed any of my ballgames up until the day he died.
Sneak Peeks from The Lystons:
From the Back Cover:
Baltimore, MD, is privileged to claim a number of legendary
ballplayers and managers as members of its local nines. Baseball icons Babe
Ruth, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige along with John McGraw, Ned Hanlon and Jack
Dunn, plus many other notable names, were associated with the various
professional baseball teams that called Baltimore their hometown.|
Providing a biographical perspective of professional baseball in Baltimore and beyond, "The Lystons" follows the baseball careers of five family members: Bill, John M., Marty, John C. and Jimmy Lyston. Along the way, you will meet many famous ballplayers who the Lystons played alongside or against during their journey through organized baseball that spanned from the 1880s thru the 1930s. Beyond the boxscores, "The Lystons" highlights colorful player anecdotes and interesting Baltimore history.
The author, Jimmy Keenan, is the grandson of former Baltimore Oriole Jimmy Lyston. There are numerous baseball stories here that were passed from his grandfather to Jimmy as they spent many enjoyable hours together as he was growing up. Jimmy Lyston was a founding member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland and the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association. He also served 33 years in the Baltimore City Police Department and played on the great Police baseball teams of the 1930's.
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