The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History

Jacob Kornhauser (Author)


The Cup of Coffee Club shares the stories of eleven men who played in just a single major league baseball game and how they responded to the heartache of never making it back. Featuring exclusive interviews with each of the players, their insight provides a unique look into the struggles of being a professional ballplayer. Reaching the major leagues is a pipe dream for most young baseball players in America. Very few ever get to live it out. While many that do make it to the big leagues stay there for a long time, there are just as many that are only there for a brief moment. A select few of those players face the elation and frustration of getting to play in just one major league game. The Cup of Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History tells the stories of eleven of these players and their struggles to reach the major leagues, as well as their struggles to get back. They include a former Major League Baseball manager, the son of a Baseball Hall of Famer, and two different brothers of Hall of Famers. Exclusive interviews with each of the players provide insight into what that single seminal moment meant and how they dealt with the blow of never making another major league appearance again. Spanning half a century of baseball, each player's journey to Major League Baseball is distinct, as is each of their responses to having played in just a single game. The Cup of Coffee Club shares their unique perspectives, providing a better understanding of just how special each major league game can be.

Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
February 27, 2020
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He has previously worked at ESPN, Bleacher Report, and FanSided, a subsidiary of Sports Illustrated.


No matter the backstory or the ending, there's a certain magic around a ballplayer whose entire career comes down to one appearance in a big-league game, a lifetime lived in the span of just a couple hours. In this book, Jacob Kornhauser has given each of those one-game wonders a chance to have his full story told--and there's magic in that too.--Sean Deveney, The Sporting News
Jacob Kornhauser has written a wonderful book about one of my favorite topics: baseball players who get one day, one game in the big leagues. It made me think of my favorite movie, Field of Dreams. Enjoy.--Tim Kurkjian, ESPN's Baseball Tonight
When an athlete says his goal is to play in the Big Leagues one day they don't really mean it. What they'd really like to do is play a lot of days. Season after season of days, truth be told. But for some that "one day" is all they'll get it. And the stories Jacob Kornhauser tells of each player's "day" are as entertaining and compelling as those of any superstar. Rich and intriguing and worthy of that rare and richly deserved moment in the Majors. Individually it's a collection of days. Sewn together it's Cooperstown.--John Anderson, ESPN Sportscenter Anchor
It will shed light to fans in a new way.--Mark Appel, former No. 1 overall MLB draft pick
The title is inspired, and its human interest stories are well told. For all of us who think "Damn Yankees" is for us--we who would sell our souls to the devil in exchange for one big league season--no, one at bat--this book rings true.--George F. Will, best-selling author and writer for the Washington Post
This is one of the very best baseball books in years. Readers will put faces and names to what they knew on a subliminal level: major-league baseball is really, really hard, and a lot of fine young players get left behind.--Booklist, Starred Review