The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series--and America's Heart--During the Great Depressionby John Heidenry
With The Gashouse Gang, John Heidenry delivers the definitive account of one the greatest and most colorful baseball teams of all times, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, filled with larger-than-life baseball personalities like Branch Rickey, Leo Durocher, Pepper Martin, Casey Stengel, Satchel Paige, Frankie Frisch, andespecially the eccentric good/i>
With The Gashouse Gang, John Heidenry delivers the definitive account of one the greatest and most colorful baseball teams of all times, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, filled with larger-than-life baseball personalities like Branch Rickey, Leo Durocher, Pepper Martin, Casey Stengel, Satchel Paige, Frankie Frisch, andespecially the eccentric good ol' boy and great pitcher Dizzy Dean and his brother Paul.
The year 1934 marked the lowest point of the Great Depression, when the U.S. went off the gold standard, banks collapsed by the score, and millions of Americans were out of work. Epic baseball feats offered welcome relief from the hardships of daily life. The Gashouse Gang, the brilliant culmination of a dream by its general manager, Branch Rickey, the first to envision a farm system that would acquire and "educate" young players in the art of baseball, was adored by the nation, who saw itselfscruffy, proud, and unbeatablein the Gang.
Based on original research and told in entertaining narrative style, The Gashouse Gang brings a bygone era and a cast full of vivid personalities to life and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.
"Doctors x-rayed Dizzy Dean's head and found nothing" may be one of the most apt sports one-liners known. Heidenry's stellar book x-rays the Cardinal's 1934 season, in which Dizzy Dean and a tough-hitting group won the World Series in seven games from the Tigers. The book places its baseball in the context of the Great Depression, yet any chapter will give readers an upsurge in energy as they relive the season with this gang. Recommended for all general baseball collections.
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Meet the Author
John Heidenry is a native of St. Louis and was the founding editor, in 1977, of St. Louis magazine and the St. Louis Literary Supplement. He is currently the Executive Editor of The Week. The author of several previous books, he lives in New York City.
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Yesterday I just finished reading "The Gashouse Gang" by John Heidenry all about the Deans, Medwick, Frisch and others. It's a book that you can't put down once you start. Funny and unbelievably detailed and at the same time I couldn't stop laughing thru it. So many things I didn't know about the cast of characters on that 1934 team. The relationships between the GM Branch Rickey, the Mgr Player Frankie Frisch, and the Dean brothers and other players was just so intriguing. I strongly recommend this book for all baseball fans.