Synopses & Reviews
Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game. His autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with baseball history and some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature.
About the Author
Bill Veeck (William Louis Veeck, Jr.) (1914-1986) learned the baseball business from the ground up at Wrigley Field when his father was at first general manager and then president of the Chicago Cubs. Bill went on to become the owner of the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox-twice. In 1991, Veeck was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.Ed Linn (1922-2000), a well respected sports-writer, was the author of 17 books, including Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams, Nice Guys Finish Last, and Where the Money Is.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Bob Verdi
1. A Can of Beer, a Slice of Cake—and Thou, Eddie Gaedel
2. A Man of Dignity
3. The Battle of Wrigley Field
4. The First Fine Careless Rapture of Milwaukee
5. A Universal-International Production
6. Dinner with Boudreau
7. Every Day Was Mardi Gras...
8. ...and Every Fan Was King
9. One $200,000 Dog for Two $100,000 Cats
10. The Name of the Game is Gamesmanship
11. It Only Takes One Leg to Walk Away
12. Leroy Had Been There Before
13. An Epitaph for Harry Grabiner
14. The Jolly Set
15. I'm from Missouri—Momentarily
16. The Greatest Right-handed Hitter of All Time
17. The Asterisk King
18. A Warm Spiritual Message from the Del E. Webb Corp.
19. Right Between the Shoulder Blades
20. A Night at Toots Shor's
21. Dynasties Are for the Dinosaurs
22. Chuck Comiskey and the National Debt
23. The South Side Shall Rise Again
24. How We Bought the Minor Leagues Back to Los Angeles
25. I'm Not Handicapped; I'm Crippled
Afterword by Ed Linn