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PDF Þ BOOK Veeck As In Wreck The Autobiography of Bill Veeck Ý BILL VEECK Ý 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 packS classic autobiography written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn is an uproarious book packed with information about the I'm stealing this line from my mother but I feel like I just listened to Bill Veeck tell me stories at a bar for an evening This is likely colored by his many accounts of enjoying nightlifeI was born 25 years after the most recent events in the book so most of the names held little meaning for me but Veeck's an entertaining enough storyteller that it didn't matter all too much What surprised me the most was how many of his arguments could have been pulled from a post on Deadspin rants in favor of showmanship by players or decrying the faults of amateurism We're still having these discussions today and Veeck was talking about them a half century ago

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History of baseball and tales of players and owners including some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literatu This book made me wish I had met Veeck at some point in my life He's the kind of guy you want to have a beer with just sit back and listen Good read for baseball fans Also for people who like to tweak sacred cows

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Veeck As In Wreck The Autobiography of Bill VeeckBill Veeck was an inspired team builder a consummate showman and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game Hi It’s been 50 years since Bill Veeck unleashed his autobiography Veeck—as in Wreck on the literary world As popular with readers as it was reviled by baseball executives the book climbed best seller lists in the summer of 1962 and has never faded from sight In 2002 it claimed a place on Sports Illustrated’s list of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time ranking 33rd Veeck—as in Wreck is still as entertaining today as it was in the ‘60s though time has tempered some of the harsh criticisms of the baseball establishment Biographer Paul Dickson in his forthcoming release Bill Veeck Baseball’s Greatest Maverick notes sportswriter Red Smith described it upon its release as “380 pages of aggravated assault” Many observers felt Veeck had gone overboard in pummeling Commissioner Ford Frick with whom Veeck rarely saw eye to eyeBut Veeck had sufficient reason to take the offensive having basically been run out of the game in the mid ‘50s after trying to relocate his St Louis Browns to a city that would support them As Dickson notes in his Prologue “he spent a lifetime challenging baseball’s staid establishment cultivating enemies the way others cultivate friends” Simply put the other owners resented his showman’s approach to running his clubs and it got very personalSo when it came time for Veeck to record his life or at least the first five decades he lived until 1986 he exacted his revenge taking his side of his skirmishes with Frick Yankees general manager George Weiss Yankees co owner Del Webb—honestly just about every significant figure in baseball—publicVeeck’s career of course was about much than political infighting Though he acknowledges in the first chapter that he’ll forever be known as the man who sent a midget to bat the significance of that stunt often overshadows what Veeck sought to achieve by signing Eddie Gaedel to a one game contract It was all about making the game fun to draw fans to the park and nobody was better at it than Veeck But there was much to it than gimmicks Veeck built winners in Cleveland and Chicago capturing a World Series title in 1948 just his second full year at the helm of the IndiansHe recognized what most of his fellow owners would not publicly acknowledge in the 1940s the Negro Leagues were brimming with talent that could help his major league club Veeck sought to purchase the Philadelphia Phillies in 1942 and stock the roster with Negro League stars Frick and then Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suelched the deal and baseball waited five years until Jackie Robinson broke the color line Veeck integrated the American League a couple months later signing Larry Doby for the Indians In 1948 he was denounced for signing an aging Satchel Paige though Veeck had the last laugh when Paige went 6 1 with a 248 ERA in 722 valuable innings as a swingman helping spur the Tribe to the pennantOut of baseball at the time he and Ed Linn collaborated on the book due to health problems Veeck ended the book with a bit of showy foreshadowing “Sometime somewhere there will be a club no one really wants And then Ole Will will come wandering along to laugh some Look for me under the arc lights boys I’ll be back”It took than another decade but he eventually did return to the game buying back the White