Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson

By Paul Dickson

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is known in lots of ways-baseball impresario and innovator, self sufficient spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of significant switch. Paul Dickson has written the 1st complete biography of this towering determine, within the procedure rewriting many points of his existence and bringing alive the background of America's hobby. In his past due 20s, Veeck acquired into his first crew, the yank organization Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and wasting a leg in WWII, he acquired the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a yr later broke the colour barrier within the American League by way of signing Larry Doby, a couple 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 bought the workforce for monetary purposes the subsequent yr. He received a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, bought it 3 years later, then back in 1959 to shop for the opposite Chicago staff, the White Sox, profitable the yankee League pennant his first 12 months. unwell healthiness led him to promote years later, simply to realize possession back, 1975-1981. Veeck's promotional spirit-the likes of clown prince Max Patkin and midget Eddie Gaedel are inextricably attached with him-and ardour endeared him to lovers, whereas his think for the sport led him to suggest techniques method prior to their time, and his deep experience of morality not just built-in the game yet helped bring in the unfastened company that broke the stranglehold proprietors had on avid gamers. (Veeck was once the one proprietor to testify in aid of Curt Flood in the course of his landmark loose service provider case). invoice Veeck: Baseball's maximum Maverick is a deeply insightful, strong biography of a desirable determine.

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By 1965 Smith had become the Astros’ vice president and director of player personnel. At the end of 1973 he left the Houston organization and was named executive vice president of the New York Yankees. 37 The Astros Go South Smith returned to Houston in August 1975 as the Astros’ general manager and became club president in 1976. ” In November 1994 Smith began his third tour with the Houston organization when he was named president of the club, a position he still holds today. Basically he acts as an advisor to owner Drayton McLane and as an intermediary between McLane and the gm.

Although related to neither César Cedeño nor Joaquín Andujar, because of his name Andujar Cedeño attracted a great deal of attention when Houston signed him in 1986. The very talented Cedeño 45 The Astros Go South became one of the Astros’ top minor league prospects but had a disappointing, and short, major league career. 283 with 11 home runs and 56 rbi as the starting shortstop.

The first player discovered by Guerrero and Gillick was César Cedeño. Signed by Houston in 1967 when he was sixteen years old, the five-tool prospect was patrolling center field in the Astrodome by the time he was nineteen. In the next three seasons, Cedeño became one of the top players in baseball and was being compared to Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Roberto Clemente. 320 average, with 22 home runs and 55 stolen bases, won a Gold Glove, and was selected the Astros’ mvp. Cedeño hit for average, had power, stole bases, and won five consecutive Gold Gloves.

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