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By Paul Dickson

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is famous in lots of ways-baseball impresario and innovator, self sufficient spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of serious swap. Paul Dickson has written the 1st complete biography of this towering determine, within the procedure rewriting many facets of his lifestyles and bringing alive the heritage of America's hobby. In his past due 20s, Veeck acquired into his first group, the yank organization Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and wasting a leg in WWII, he got the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a yr later broke the colour barrier within the American League via signing Larry Doby, a number 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 crew for monetary purposes the subsequent 12 months. He obtained a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, offered it 3 years later, then back in 1959 to shop for the opposite Chicago workforce, the White Sox, profitable the yank League pennant his first yr. ailing overall healthiness led him to promote years later, purely to achieve 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 believe for the sport led him to suggest suggestions method sooner than their time, and his deep experience of morality not just built-in the game yet helped bring in the loose enterprise that broke the stranglehold proprietors had on gamers. (Veeck was once the single proprietor to testify in aid of Curt Flood in the course of his landmark unfastened service provider case). Bill Veeck: Baseball's maximum Maverick is a deeply insightful, strong biography of a desirable determine. it's going to take its position beside the new bestselling biographies of Satchel Paige and Mickey Mantle, and may be the baseball ebook of the season in Spring 2012.

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