Going Going Gone: The Art of Trade in Major League Baseball

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Early in the history of America's favorite pastime, trading baseball players was almost as easy as trading baseball cards. This was before the end of the reserve clause and the advent of arbitration, free agency, gargantuan salaries, and no-trade contracts. Fran Zimniuch takes an in-depth look at trading throughout the years, profiling many of infamous players who teams regrettably traded and getting insiders' perspectives from the general managers and the players themselves. With a foreword by former general ...
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Going, Going, Gone!: The Art of the Trade in Major League Baseball

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Overview

Early in the history of America's favorite pastime, trading baseball players was almost as easy as trading baseball cards. This was before the end of the reserve clause and the advent of arbitration, free agency, gargantuan salaries, and no-trade contracts. Fran Zimniuch takes an in-depth look at trading throughout the years, profiling many of infamous players who teams regrettably traded and getting insiders' perspectives from the general managers and the players themselves. With a foreword by former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers Fred Claire, Going, Going, Gone is a must-read for baseball fans.
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Editorial Reviews

Fred Claire
This book examines the history of baseball trades and the changes that have taken place through the years that have impacted trades. Fran Zimniuch has sought out a number of people who have sat in the General Manager’s chairs to bring the fans a look at what has taken place behind the scenes. Pull up a chair, and let Fran help you travel down memory lane on a road where baseball trades are brought to life.
Bill Giles
For a guy who once traded five players for one (Von Hayes) while CEO of the Phillies, I found this book fascinating! It is a behind-the-scenes look at baseball trades going back before the infamous trade of Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The book also delves into the feelings of players after they were traded. I loved it!
Elissa Walker Campbell
A must read for all baseball fans! Fran Zimniuch captures the fascinating journey of America's game and history of the baseball trade before free agency and blockbuster deals. He takes a revealing look at some of the games' biggest transactions—the good and the bad, yesterday and today. Going, Going, Gone is a definitive look at the evolution of the trade and provides remarkable insight about our national pastime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793347
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Zimniuch is an award-winning journalist and columnist who has written for various newspapers and national magazines for more than two decades. He is the author of four other books, including Shortened Seasons: The Untimely Deaths of Major League Baseball's Stars and Journeymen. He lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Fred Claire     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction: Blockbusters, Trades, Waiver Wires, and Fire Sales     1
The Early Years     17
The Curse of the Bambino: A Blockbuster of a Fire Sale     37
It Takes Two to Tango     47
The Reserve Clause: The Challenge from South of the Border     83
The Reserve Clause: The Challenge from Curt Flood     93
The Reserve Clause: The Challenge from Messersmith and McNally     105
Arbitration and Free Agency: Baseball's Brave New World     115
Being Traded: The Player's Point of View     137
Highway Robbery: Picking the Pocket of Another Team     149
Odd Deals in Baseball History     165
The Final Score: Is the Game Better?     177
Players Soon to Be on the Move?     187
Sources     191
Index     193

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Nice job!

    From the trade f the Babe to the Yankees to lesser known deals, this is a great book highlighting the use of the trade throughout the history of baseball. I enjoyed this work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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