The Commissioners: Baseball's Midlife Crisis
In his own unmistakably contrarian voice, Jerome Holtzman, national baseball columnist for The Chicago Tribune, has compiled the first complete history of the commissioners of baseball. With the office of the commissioner of baseball only recently filled, and the sport struggling to rebuild its image, there's never been a better time for an incisive history of the game's power brokers. Legendary figures such as Ford Frick, A. Bartlett Giamatti, Happy Chandler, and Judge Landis are brought to life as Holtzman takes us inside baseball's oval office and traces, in uncensored and lively detail, the dissolution of the commissioners' powers.
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