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By Paul Dickson

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is famous in lots of ways-baseball impresario and innovator, autonomous 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 strategy rewriting many elements of his lifestyles and bringing alive the historical past of America's hobby. In his overdue 20s, Veeck obtained into his first group, the yankee organization Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and wasting a leg in WWII, he obtained the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a yr later broke the colour barrier within the American League through 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 offered the group for monetary purposes the following yr. He acquired a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, bought it 3 years later, then again in 1959 to shop for the opposite Chicago crew, the White Sox, successful the yank League pennant his first yr. unwell well-being led him to promote years later, purely 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 suggestions means prior to their time, and his deep feel of morality not just built-in the game yet helped bring in the loose organization that broke the stranglehold proprietors had on gamers. (Veeck used to be 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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The hitting down the stretch kept the Angels in the pennant race. 338, respectively. Hood set a club RBI record that was never exceeded, driving in 184 runners, only four behind league leader Bert Ellison of San Francisco. Durst had a 24-game hitting streak during his only year in Los Angeles, and he socked 17 home runs. That was second on the club to Hood’s 22 round trippers, the most by an Angels player up to that time. The club hit 87 home runs in 1924, but only 23 at 28 The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League Washington Park, where the dimensions did not lend themselves to power baseball.

McCabe took over in center field, and while he was adequate in that position, he was not nearly the fielder that Statz had been. 22 6. A New Management Team Takes Over as Red Leaves 23 Angels pitching was actually better than in the previous year. However, any hopes the Angels had of catching San Francisco were dealt a severe blow when pitcher Elmer Ponder dislocated his shoulder during batting practice on June 22. The shoulder was later found to be broken, and Ponder was effectively through for the year.

McCabe took over in center field, and while he was adequate in that position, he was not nearly the fielder that Statz had been. 22 6. A New Management Team Takes Over as Red Leaves 23 Angels pitching was actually better than in the previous year. However, any hopes the Angels had of catching San Francisco were dealt a severe blow when pitcher Elmer Ponder dislocated his shoulder during batting practice on June 22. The shoulder was later found to be broken, and Ponder was effectively through for the year.

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