"Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms," by Elden Auker with Tom Keegan, is a delightful autobiography by Auker, who pitched in the major leagues from 1933 through 1942.
The title reveals the hook, as this book was published in 2001: Auker managed to outlive most of his contemporaries, so his story - going back such a long time - carries more heft and more charm. Auker himself passed away in 2006, at age 95.
Anyway, this is a story not only of Auker's baseball adventures, but of his life growing up in a small town in Kansas, and then how he made a living after he decided to retire at age 32 and enter the abrasives business.
I'll give my copy of the book to the first person who e-mails me - at firstname.lastname@example.org - with the correct answer to this question:
Auker is best known for his time with the Tigers (1933 through 1938), but he played for a star-studded 1939 Red Sox team in which four of the team's top five home-run hitters wound up in the Hall of Fame. Name those four future Hall of Famers.
Here are the rules to the contest.
--UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: We have a winner! Richie G. picks up his second victory in the last two weeks, as he knew that Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Joe Cronin and Bobby Doerr were the four players in question. Check back tomorrow for another contest.