Steven V. Roberts
Bill Veeck: Baseballs Greatest Maverickby Paul Dickson
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William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is legendary in many ways-baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of great change. Paul Dickson has written the first full biography of this towering figure, in the process rewriting many aspects of his life and bringing alive the history of Americas pastime. In his late 20s, Veeck bought into his first team, the American Association Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and losing a leg in WWII, he bought the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a year later broke the color barrier in the American League by signing Larry Doby, a few months after Jackie Robinson-showing the deep commitment he held to integration and equal rights. Cleveland won the World Series in 1948, but Veeck sold the team for financial reasons the next year. He bought a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, sold it three years later, then returned in 1959 to buy the other Chicago team, the White Sox, winning the American League pennant his first year. Ill health led him to sell two years later, only to gain ownership again, 1975-1981. Veecks promotional spirit-the likes of clown prince Max Patkin and midget Eddie Gaedel are inextricably connected with him-and passion endeared him to fans, while his feel for the game led him to propose innovations way ahead of their time, and his deep sense of morality not only integrated the sport but helped usher in the free agency that broke the stranglehold owners had on players. (Veeck was the only owner to testify in support of Curt Flood during his landmark free agency case). Bill Veeck: Baseballs Greatest Maverick is a deeply insightful, powerful biography of a fascinating figure. It will take its place beside the recent bestselling biographies of Satchel Paige and Mickey Mantle, and will be the baseball book of the season in Spring 2012.
Steven V. Roberts
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Meet the Author
Paul Dickson is the author of several classic baseball books, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He is also the author of the classic narrative history Sputnik: The Shock of the Century, and the co-author of the acclaimed The Bonus Army: An American Epic. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.
Paul Dickson is the author of more than forty books, including The Joy of Keeping Score, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Baseballs Greatest Quotations, and Baseball: The Presidents Game. In addition to baseball, his specialties include Americana and language. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.
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Great bio of a true innovator and renaissance man!
Loved this book, but my Nook had no photos. Im not sure if this is a Nook issue or a publisher issue. If this is a Nook issue I am going to consider another ereader. Any suggestions?? Amazing read for those looking for a good baseball book
Dickson does an excellent job of capturing Veeck in all his flavors, including an empathic view of the wizard from behind the curtain, the man we never knew. Not only is it a great story, but a fascinating look at a significant chunk of baseball history. It sheds new light on the era that saw the end of baseball's racial barriers. It should be required reading for suffering Cleveland sports fans who, like me, are too young to have been there the last time the Tribe won the series, that's not to take anything away from the insight fans in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago will gain. More generally, if you are a fan of great biographies, read this book!
enjoyed the book very much. outstanding. buy it!