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Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Homerun! My husband always tells me that he loves sports for the

    My husband always tells me that he loves sports for the stories they tell, and it's with that lens that I have finally come to appreciae baseball, soccer, basketball, and even football. This book was very satisying to my point of view. It explores the politics, sociology, and economics of a major turning point in major league sports in America.. Readers steeped in baseball history, or not, should enjoy this book. It is interesting and educational, although sometimes overwhelming.

    I was excited to learn about the later years of Branch Rickey's career, who I first became acquainted with by reading Jackie Robinson's memoir My Own Story. In his last years of baseball influence he developed the Continental League to expand Major League Baseball to new metropolitan areas in the country and challenge the power of the Yankees. It is fascinating to learn how thi got wrangled up into political battles not only with New York but US Congress (over anti-trust taxation), and inevitably led a decline to baseball popularity and rise in football fans!

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Good book but a little disappointing

    I bought this book to find out more about how the Continental League lead to major league expansion. The book had a lot of good infomaton but I don't understand why there were sections on the Casey Stengel, the Yankees, and the 1960 world series with the Pirates. It seemed like a lot of research was done on that world series and it should have been used in a separate book, not here where it seemed like padding. Those pages could have been better used discussing the Buffalo, Dallas, and Atlanta proposed franchises and how and when they were added to the initially proposed five.

    Also there was no real follow up on the collapse of the proposed league after expansion was announced. Since 6 different ownership groups (and 6 cities) from the Continental League were rejected when expansion occurred, there should have been some strong reactions from those left out. Those feeling could have been explored, if possible.

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