Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson

By Paul Dickson

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is famous in lots of ways-baseball impresario and innovator, autonomous spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of significant swap. Paul Dickson has written the 1st complete biography of this towering determine, within the approach rewriting many features of his lifestyles and bringing alive the background of America's hobby. In his overdue 20s, Veeck acquired into his first staff, the yankee organization Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and wasting a leg in WWII, he acquired the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a 12 months later broke the colour barrier within the American League through signing Larry Doby, a number 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 group for monetary purposes the subsequent 12 months. He obtained a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, bought it 3 years later, then back in 1959 to shop for the opposite Chicago crew, the White Sox, successful the yankee League pennant his first 12 months. ailing overall healthiness led him to promote years later, purely 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 fanatics, whereas his believe for the sport led him to suggest concepts means prior to their time, and his deep experience of morality not just built-in the game yet helped bring in the loose service provider that broke the stranglehold vendors had on gamers. (Veeck was once the single proprietor to testify in help of Curt Flood in the course of his landmark unfastened company case). invoice Veeck: Baseball's maximum Maverick is a deeply insightful, strong biography of a desirable determine.

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