The St. Louis Baseball Reader: Saint Louis Baseball Reader by Richard Peterson

By Richard Peterson

 The St. Louis Baseball Reader is a story of 2 groups: one the city’s adorable losers, the opposite an impressive dynasty.            The St. Louis Cardinals are the main winning franchise in nationwide League heritage, whereas the St. Louis Browns have been one of many least winning, but so much colourful, American League groups. Now Richard Peterson has accumulated the writings of a few of baseball’s maximum storytellers to pay tribute to either those groups. His ebook, the 1st anthology dedicated solely to the Cardinals and Browns, covers the wealthy background of St. Louis baseball from its late-nineteenth-century origins to the fashionable era.            The St. Louis Baseball Reader is a party of the various mythical stars and colourful characters who wore St. Louis uniforms and the writers who instructed their tales, together with Alfred Spink, Roger Angell, George Will, and Baseball corridor of reputation writers Bob Broeg, J. Roy Stockton, pink Smith, and Fred Lieb. right here, too, are John Grisham, who grew up a Redbirds fan in Mississippi, and Jack greenback, the main identifiable voice in Cardinal background. nice players—Grover Cleveland Alexander, Rogers Hornsby, Marty Marion, and Satchel Paige—tell their very own tales, whereas invoice Veeck bargains an account of his wild trip because the final Browns proprietor and Whitey Herzog stocks regrets in regards to the play that fee the Cardinals the 1985 international Series.            From the times of the fuel condominium Gang to the 1944 “Streetcar Series,” from invoice Veeck’s mythical stunts to Mark McGwire’s pursuit of Roger Maris’s home-run list, the Reader will deliver again stories for each fan. It takes in the entire magic of the ballpark—whether recounting the unhittable pitching of Bob Gibson, the slugging prowess of Stan “The guy” Musial, or the sterling glove-work of Ozzie Smith—along with reflective commentaries that inform how Jackie Robinson faced racism and Curt Flood challenged the reserve clause.            St. Louis is a urban blessed with a memorable baseball heritage, and The St. Louis Baseball Reader completely captures the enjoyment and heartbreak of its profitable and wasting groups. It’s a ebook that would pride present enthusiasts of the Cardinals and old-timers who fondly keep in mind the Browns.

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I hope some day Harry has the thrill of this moment. And the people I work with now, Mike Shannon and Jay Randolph. Ken Wilson and the others. “I have eight healthy and wonderful kids and I wish they would stand, if I can remember their names. Beverly, Jack, Chris, Bonnie, Dan, and Betsy. Down there in front. There’s six of them. (applause) And, I’d like to acknowledge their mother, Alice. And down in front, Joe and Alice. And Joe wants to be a broadcaster. And my wife, Carol, who holds all of this together for me.

It never was a team of tough individuals, as might be expected of a group associated in newspaper headlines with the shadows of a vaporous-fuel establishment. We probably had less trouble with umpires, for instance, than any other club in the league. But it was a colorful collection of ballplayers, a team that put on a great show as it fought for pennants. [Collaborator’s Note: It might not be wise to ask the umpires for confirmation of one statement above. One day in Boston there were several close plays and Umpire Ziggy Sears finally had to put Frisch out of the game, for, of course, he kicked at each ruling.

He has boundless energy. During the 1935 season he got the midget-automobile fever, which really was just a complication of an old trouble. His ambition, he always has said, is to win the five-hundred-mile automobile race at the Indianapolis Speedway. As a compromise, he bought a midget racer and called it the Martin Special. Naturally, this did not make a hit with his manager or with his employers. A ball player ought to think in terms of baseball in all his waking hours, if he wants to be a success.

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