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The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels


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ISBN13: 9780810892897
ISBN10: 0810892898
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The Bilko Athletic Club is the story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The Angels compiled a 107-61 won-loss record, finishing sixteen games ahead of their closest competitor. That year, Bilko paced the Pacific Coast League in eight categories: home runs, batting average, runs batted in, hits, runs scored, walks, total bases, and slugging percentage. Featuring in-depth interviews with Steve Bilko and twenty-five of his ’56 Angels teammates, The Bilko Athletic Club also includes several photos and is highlighted by never-before-told anecdotes. A fascinating account of a season to remember, The Bilko Athletic Club will take fans and historians of the national pastime back to the golden era of baseball.

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timcolb, February 11, 2014 (view all comments by timcolb)
If you're a baseball fanatic this book will soon hold a place of pride on your bookshelf right along side The Boys of Summer. But far being an expertly reported "inside baseball" account of one team in 1956, this new book is a love letter to both the national pasttime and the past time of a nation, brimming with the personalities, anecdotes, and plot twists that make it read like a mini-Michener novel. It's first rate storytelling, yes, but this book goes one unexpected step further, allowing us to feel and relate to the author's own boyhood discovery of what became a lifelong passion.
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matthew.dudas, February 7, 2014 (view all comments by matthew.dudas)
I am too young to remember the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and just old enough to know who Sgt. Bilko was but I love baseball and the arcane so this book drew me in. Steve Bilko's story is a fascinating probe not just into the life of a terrific and largely unheralded ball player, but also the elements of what characterizes the stories behind many great players that never made it in the big leagues. I came away from this book with appreciation for the depth of story, passion and drama of the '56 Angels, their LA fan base and the PCL, but also the struggles of even exceptional minor-league players yearning for a shot at the show. Gaylon White brings to life the meaningfulness of the PCL, LA Angels and their star in a way that only a die-hard boyhood fan who committed decades of first-person interview research could do. In the process he finds out what no one else knew, or seemingly cared to know, about his boyhood hero. In an age when we are overloaded with "whatever happened to" such-and-such a formerly famous person summarized in a few minutes on TV, Gaylon does the question justice in a way that is as leisurely and enjoyable as an afternoon at the ballpark.
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StoutSteve, February 7, 2014 (view all comments by StoutSteve)
I'm biased about this book because I'm the author and invested much of my life in researching & writing it. If you want a preview of what the book is all about, go to The Bilko Athletic Club website and check out the blog posts about Stout Steve Bilko and the amazing 1956 Los Angeles Angels, baseball's last great minor league team:
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White, Gaylon H.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
HISTORY / United States/State & Local/West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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