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Download e-book for iPad: Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson

By Paul Dickson

ISBN-10: 0802717780

ISBN-13: 9780802717788

ISBN-10: 0802778305

ISBN-13: 9780802778307

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is known in lots of ways-baseball impresario and innovator, autonomous spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of serious swap. Paul Dickson has written the 1st complete biography of this towering determine, within the method rewriting many points of his existence and bringing alive the heritage of America's hobby. In his overdue 20s, Veeck obtained into his first group, the yankee organization Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and wasting a leg in WWII, he received the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a 12 months later broke the colour barrier within the American League via signing Larry Doby, a couple of months after Jackie Robinson-showing the deep dedication he held to integration and equivalent rights. Cleveland gained the area sequence in 1948, yet Veeck offered the staff for monetary purposes the following yr. He got a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, offered it 3 years later, then lower back in 1959 to shop for the opposite Chicago group, the White Sox, profitable the yankee League pennant his first 12 months. ailing well-being led him to promote years later, basically to achieve possession back, 1975-1981. Veeck's promotional spirit-the likes of clown prince Max Patkin and midget Eddie Gaedel are inextricably hooked up with him-and ardour endeared him to enthusiasts, whereas his consider for the sport led him to suggest thoughts manner prior to their time, and his deep experience of morality not just built-in the game yet helped bring in the loose supplier that broke the stranglehold proprietors had on gamers. (Veeck was once the one proprietor to testify in help of Curt Flood in the course of his landmark loose employer case). Bill Veeck: Baseball's maximum Maverick is a deeply insightful, robust biography of a desirable determine. it is going to take its position beside the new bestselling biographies of Satchel Paige and Mickey Mantle, and should be the baseball booklet of the season in Spring 2012.

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