The Tour to End All Tours
The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour     
Fans seeking to capture the flavor of big league baseball as staged in 1913 just before two wars combined to transform the game will delight in Mr. Elfers’ recounting of the World Tour of the Giants and White Sox.
-- David Q. Voigt, author of Baseball: An Illustrated History.

Jim Elfers has succeeded in recreating, with copious and vivid historical detail, the forgotten story of a unique event in American sports history. He paints a dramatic, funny, and ultimately moving panorama of some of baseball’s greatest characters as they introduce America’s pastime to a global audience. A must for all baseball history fans.
-- Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life. 

A ripping good read, the clever combination of meticulous research and old-fashioned storytelling. Like a skilled archaeologist, James Elfers has unearthed the long-forgotten records of this bizarre, audacious round-the-world tour that promoted American baseball on the eve of the Great War.
-- David Hurst Thomas, curator of anthropology at the          
American Museum of Natural History.

During the winter of 1913 and the spring of 1914 the New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox took a trip around the world. Organized by crusty John McGraw of the Giants and the White Sox’s Charles Comiskey, it was a trip of epic proportions a tour to end all tours recreated here in all its monumental sweep and comical detail.

This book follows the two teams, whose members include Christy Mathewson, Jim Thorpe, and half a dozen other future Hall-of-Famers, as they barnstorm across the United States and sail the seas to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, finishing with a game before twenty thousand fans and King George V. Along the way, baseball’s envoys meet such dignitaries as Pope Pius X, tea magnate Thomas Lipton, and the last khedive of Egypt. They play the tables of Monaco, survive a near-shipwreck, and cram a lifetime’s worth of adventures into six months. Their story, told here for the first time, gives readers a glimpse into baseball history and the innocence and spirit of a long-gone era.

James E. Elfers is a library analyst at the University of Delaware.
© 2003 James Elfers