Rebel Baseball: The Summer the Game Was Returned to the Fans
Rebel Baseball is the story of the unforgettable first season of minor-league baseball's reinvigorated Northern League, which drew hundreds of thousands of fans out to six cities in the upper Midwest, becoming a success beyond anyone's expectations. Award-winning sportswriter Steve Perlstein spent the summer of 1993 with the league champions, the St. Paul Saints, whose cast of characters included player Leon "Bull" Durham; president and promoter-par-excellence Mike Veeck; co-owner Bill Murray; a Catholic nun who gave massages in the stands; and a clean (if slightly overweight) mascot pig named Saint. Perlstein's often hilarious account captures the antics, the energy, and the unique stories that made the Northern League's first year so special, and proves that baseball - the way it was meant to be - is alive and well in America's heartland.
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