Swinging for the Fences: Nine Who Did It with Grit and Class

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In Swinging for the Fences, Gene A. Budig offers candid biographical sketches of nine compelling individuals from the sport of baseball, including athletes, coaches, umpires, businessmen, and sportswriters. The book examines Cal Ripken Jr., Bobby Brown, George Brett, Joe Torre, Bob Feller, Mike Ilitch, Marty Springstead, Bill Madden, and Frank Robinson, all of whom the author knows well.

Former National League president Len Coleman writes a ...

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Overview

In Swinging for the Fences, Gene A. Budig offers candid biographical sketches of nine compelling individuals from the sport of baseball, including athletes, coaches, umpires, businessmen, and sportswriters. The book examines Cal Ripken Jr., Bobby Brown, George Brett, Joe Torre, Bob Feller, Mike Ilitch, Marty Springstead, Bill Madden, and Frank Robinson, all of whom the author knows well.

Former National League president Len Coleman writes a foreword that sheds new light on the legacy of Jackie and Rachel Robinson.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803243910
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene A. Budig was president of Major League Baseball’s American League from 1994 to 2000. He served as president of Illinois State University and West Virginia University and as chancellor at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Grasping the Ring: Nine Unique Winners in Life and Sports and Grasping the Ring II: Nine People Who Matter, both available in Bison Books editions.

 

Len Coleman was president of Major League Baseball’s National League until the office was eliminated in 2000. He is the chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Len Coleman ix

Introduction xiii

Baseball's Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr. 1

One for All Seasons Bobby Brown 13

Ever the Competitor George Brett 23

En Route to the Hall Joe Torre 37

Prized Player and Proven Patriot Bob Feller 47

A Success Story Like No Other Mike Ilitch 59

One Tough Cop Marty Springstead 69

True to a Dream Bill Madden 79

A Man Among Boys Frank Robinson 89

Parting Thoughts 101

Readings 109

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