Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick

Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick

by Paul Dickson


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A masterful biography of one of most influential, sharp-witted, and often zany figures in baseball history, whose drive and imagination helped transform the game and the country. As owner of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers, and then the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox-twice-Veeck truly changed the face of baseball.

Praise for Bill Veeck:

"Bill Veeck incorporates the picaresque anecdotes and populist charm of Veeck's memoirs into a narrative marked by Mr. Dickson's broad knowledge and fluid authority. The result is a biography that newcomers to the Veeck legend are likely to find immensely appealing, but one that also makes him new again for those who have already savored the baseball showman's own episodic volumes."-The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802778307
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 474,350
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.23(d)

About 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 seminal narrative history Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and the coauthor of the acclaimed The Bonus Army: An American Epic. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Senior 7

2 Veeck on Deck 24

3 A Rambunctious Cub 41

4 Brewers Gold 55

5 The Philadelphia Story 70

6 Pvt. Veeck Goes to War 84

7 Back in the Game 105

8 Lawrence Doby and the Integration of the American League 122

9 The Oldest Rookie 136

10 Indians Summer 150

11 Flagpole Sitting 168

12 Striking Out with the St. Louis Browns 184

13 Baltimore Chop 207

14 Chicago a Go-Go 218

15 Bells and Whistles 240

16 Peachblossom Creek 248

17 Off to the Races 267

18 The Last Hurrah 285

19 Demolition 308

20 Borrowed Time 325

Epilogue 342

Following the Family and Close Friends 349

Acknowledgments 353

Appendix: Did Bill Veeck Lie About His Plan to Purchase the '43 Phillies? 357

Notes 367

Select Bibliography 403

Index 417

Image Credits 435

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The Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great bio of a true innovator and renaissance man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
galadad More than 1 year ago
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!
EdgewoodFK More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the book very much. outstanding. buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago