From Rookie of the Year to two-time Manager of the Year, with three World Series rings in between, Lou Piniella's story is as compelling as the man himself. From a boyhood in Tampa that shaped, in every way, the athlete and person he would become; to his years with the Kansas City Royals, an experience that would teach him about the business of baseball; to his wild years in New York that would give him his first two World Series rings and thrust him into George Steinbrenner's infamous revolving door; his many varied experiences all set him on course to finding his true calling. Sweet Lou brings the story of one of the most intriguing managers in the game to life, relives history with those who were there, and probes the man himself: his great loves, his great losses, and his greatest successes. Author Melissa Isaacson explores Piniella's background, his parents, his friends, and his roots in Tampa that explain not only his hot-headedness but also reveal a very down-to-earth family man. Along the way, she charts his ascension to become the beloved skipper of the Cubs, setting his sights on his sixth pennant and the possibility of leading the Cubs to their first world championship in over 100 years. Sweet Lou is a riveting portrayal of a consummate and controversial larger-than-life baseball personality whose full impact on the game has yet to be measured.
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About the Author
Melissa Isaacson is in her 26th year of covering sports, returning to her native Chicago to write for the Chicago Tribune in 1990. She has since been the principal beat writer for the Bulls and Bears as well as a columnist and feature writer, covering virtually every major sporting event over the years. A baseball lover all of her life, Isaacson covered the Florida Grapefruit League for Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel, and has been part of Chicago's seasonal and postseason baseball coverage, including the '03, '07 and '08 Cubs. She is the author of Transition Game: An Inside Look at Life with the Chicago Bulls. Isaacson is a University of Iowa graduate and lives in Northbrook with her husband Rick Mawrence and their children, Amanda and Alec.