Veeck As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck

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University of Chicago Press, May 24, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game. His classic autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with information about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners, including some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature.
 

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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

While some of the stories should be taken with a grain of salt, there's no question that this is a marvelously entertaining book. A fair amount of it is score-settling, especially against Bill Weiss ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bjace - LibraryThing

Bill Veeck was an original thinker about American business. His business happened to be baseball and this is topnotch memoir. I can see why Veeck was a thorn in the side of his more staid colleagues, but he sure must have been interesting to have around. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Bob Verdi
7
1 A Can of Beer a Slice of Cakeand Thou Eddie Gaedel
11
2 A Man of Dignity
23
3 The Battle of Wrigley Field
36
4 The First Fine Careless Rapture of Milwaukee
49
5 A UniversalInternational Production
81
6 Dinner with Boudreau
97
7 Every Day Was Mardi Gras
104
14 The Jolly Set
196
15 Im from MissouriMomentarily
213
16 The Greatest Righthanded Hitter of All Time
229
17 The Asterisk King
240
18 A Warm Spiritual Message from the Del E Webb Corp
257
19 Right Between the Shoulder Blades
270
20 A Night at Toots Shor s
290
21 Dynasties Are for the Dinosaurs
308

8 and Every Fan Was King
118
9 One 200000 Dog for Two 100000 Cats
132
10 The Name of the Game Is Gamesmanship
151
11 It Only Takes One Leg to Walk Away
170
12 Leroy Had Been There Before
181
13 An Epitaph for Harry Grabiner
192
22 Chuck Comiskey and the National Debt
318
23 The South Side Shall Rise Again
332
24 How We Brought the Minor Leagues Back to Los Angeles
353
25 Im Not Handicapped Im Crippled
373
Afterword by Ed Linn
381
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About the author (2012)

Bill Veeck (William Louis Veeck, Jr.) (1914-1986) learned the baseball business from the ground up at Wrigley Field when his father was at first general manager and then president of the Chicago Cubs. Bill went on to become the owner of the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox-twice. In 1991, Veeck was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ed Linn (1922-2000), a well respected sports-writer, was the author of 17 books, including Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams, Nice Guys Finish Last, and Where the Money Is.

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