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by Bill Veeck

  • ISBN: 094137209X
  • Category: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Outdoors Sport
  • Author: Bill Veeck
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Holtzman Pr (June 1, 1981)
  • ePub book: 1175 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1651 kb
  • Other: mbr lit azw rtf
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 243

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Veeck-As In Wreck book. Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game.

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.

Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest . His autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with baseball history and some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature. Bill Veeck you know from reputation - the wacky promoter who invented everything from Ladies' Day to Disco Demolition Night.

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An excerpt from Veeck-As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck. I put in a call to Marty Caine, the booking agent from whom I had hired all my acts when I was opening in Cleveland, and asked him to find me a midget who was somewhat athletic and game for anything. And Marty," I said, "I want this to be a secret. I never told Marty what I wanted him for.

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Cia Cia
One of the BEST baseball books out there. Bill Veeck is still a well respected man in the game of baseball. I have heard Roland Hemond speak about working for Bill in St Louis and what a class act he was. This book gives insight to Veeck's love of the game and his sense of humor. He was a rare owner who loved the fans and his players and treated them all with respect. Something rare in today's game.
Malien Malien
Bill Veeck was a true maverick before that term got tossed around by crazed hockey moms/ vp wannabee's. Anyway... the story of this man who was known for sending a midget to bat in the majors and, later in life, the disco demolition fiasco in Chicago, was more than those events. He was the kind of guy who "got it" about pro sports. He knew that the fan should come first and that this should be fun. Aftert reading this, you'll want to give the rest of the owners, agents and prima donna athletes a copy in hope that they too will "see the light". The book is his autobiography of sorts that tells more about his philosophy about the game and business than it does about the facts of his life. A fun read, essential for baseball fans, about the coolest owner ever. A hall of fame read, from a hall of famer.
catterpillar catterpillar
The two things you need to know before you buy "Veeck -- As In Wreck" -- and you will buy this book, you must, if you've ever bought any professional sports bio before -- are the names Veeck and Linn.
Bill Veeck you know from reputation -- the wacky promoter who invented everything from Ladies' Day to Disco Demolition Night. The man owned several baseball franchises (including the Chicago White Sox twice, for some reason), and was known as a both a promotional genius and a shrewd financier.
As for Ed Linn... well, Linn was also the ghostwriter for another fantastic, edgy, opinionated baseball book, Leo Durocher's "Nice Guys Finish Last". Not surprisingly, "Veeck" reads a lot like the Durocher tome (and it came first, too!). On every page here you'll find a funny anecdote, a scary bit of prescience, and a unique look at an otherwise-beloved icon. With Veeck's memory and Linn's acid pen, this book is quite hard to put down. Or to pick up, for that matter.
Sports bios tend to hold back these days, let's face it. They're not as long and not as insightful as the Linn books. And the gift of time has helped ripen these pages. When Veeck talks about baseball's financial need to institute interleague play -- writing from 1961 -- you know this man saw around a few decades' worth of corners. When he takes the Yankees to task for failing to capitalize on Roger Maris's pursuit of the Babe Ruth home run record, and notes that it was a once-in-a-lifetime event, he's right -- so baseball got it right in '98, when McGwire came to town, and when the record fell yet again in '01, hardly anyone noticed.
In the meantime you'll laugh at the sad fates of Bobo Holloman and Frank Saucier, the latter being the only ballplayer ever to be removed from a game for a midget. You'll be intrigued by Veeck's take on Larry Doby, and by his bitter retorts at Del Webb, then-owner of the hated behemoth Yankees. And you'll marvel at just how little has really changed in baseball since Veeck was retired. Owners plotting franchise shifts in shady back-room deals (Montreal, Florida. Florida, Boston). Owners doing everything to baseball except what really benefits the sport (It's a tie in Milwaukee!). Veeck lamenting not the high price of talent but rather the high price of mediocrity (how much is Colorado paying for Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton?)...
Just about the only highlight not covered is the sight of White Sox outfielder Chet Lemon wearing shorts. One of the few Bill Veeck innovations that did not catch on, and aren't we all better off...
Avarm Avarm
When John McCain ran for President in 2008 as a maverick, he would have been well advised to read this very autobiography to find how a real maverick operates. Veeck did it with a cheerful outlook, without rancor or bitterness, and with an impish sense of humor. He was truly a man of the people.

I remember Veeck as a White Sox in the late 1970's, when he bought the team, and against all odds, fielded the South Side Hitmen and made a run for the pennant with no defense or pitching. Veeck brought innovation and fun to Comiskey Park, and was no newcomer to baseball by then. Had he been a racecar driver, he would have been on the 480th lap of the Indy 500. Veeck, who lost a leg due to a combat wound, who was a four pack a day smoker, who rarely slept more than three hours a night had a curious, intelligent and unstoppable mind.

In reading his thoughts, I was struck by the prescient content of his thoughts on baseball. In 1962, he proposed revenue sharing for visiting teams on television revenues, predicting that small market teams would not be able to compete in the future. He was the first owner who believed expansion would bestow increased popularity on baseball. And, in immortal words, said that it was not the price of superstardom that would haunt payrolls, but the price of mediocrity.

His energy was astounding. He turned a profit in Milwaukee (pre-Braves and Brewers) by sheer hustle, promotion, and horse trademanship. He brought a world Series to Cleveland by know how, and made himself a beloved figure in that great town.

But through it all, there is his prevailing love for baseball, and the loyalty, admiration and love for his second wife. This is an inspiring story about an original man.
Thundershaper Thundershaper
If you love Jean Shepherd you will love this book. Full of nostalgia and old Americana. Transported me to a simpler time before MLB was the mega business it is today and it was all about the game and it’s quirky personalities. A must read for any basball/history fan.
Walianirv Walianirv
I knew absolutely nothing about Bill Veeck before picking this up and I found it informative, entertaining and fun. He was basically the father of the modern sports owner and his gimmicks and ideas were a bit wacky but also great. Worth a read if you have even a slight interest in baseball.
Ahieones Ahieones
One of the most entertaining autobiographies I've ever read. I'd always appreciated Veeck's innovative mind but had discounted him as a bit of a carnival barker--more PT Barnum than Connie Mack. Now, while Veeck himself wouldn't deny that there was more than just a bit of huckster in him, what I found more than anything, was that Veeck was a man who loved baseball almost as much as he loved people.