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By William Farina

The past due Eliot Asinof (1919-2008), popular writer of 8 males Out, on which the motion picture model used to be later dependent, additionally wrote 14 different complete size books, together with four extra on baseball. furthermore, he produced numerous articles, interviews, brief tales, and screenplays in a writing occupation spanning over part a century. this can be the 1st particular serious examine for either his baseball and non-baseball output. His complete oeuvre is explored, in addition to pertinent subject matters, significant characters and the present prestige of his literary acceptance. an enormous addition to the scholarly paintings in this minor-league baseball participant grew to become writer.

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Upon graduation, Asinof would sign with the Philadelphia Phillies and play briefly for the Moultrie (Georgia) Packers (courtesy Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College). was the last to give in to inevitable pressures of the marketplace. Usually (but not always), profitability depends on fan attendance, which often depends of winning, which typically depends on high salaries, which in the end can destroy profitability, not to mention fan loyalty if star players continuously switch clubs with every passing season.

Comiskey. Had it not been for Free agency, the Oakland team would have surely gone on to win more titles; indeed, the Yankees immediately took advantage by raiding the Oakland roster for stars like Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson, luring them away with bigger paychecks. Thus Hunter and Jackson traded Finley for Steinbrenner as their boss. There is a personal connection here. Charles O. Finley lived in my home town of LaPorte, Indiana, where I played high school baseball at the time. In nearby Comiskey Park in Chicago, I witnessed the Athletics play (and dominate) during their heyday; then I saw them, practically overnight, scatter to the winds when no longer slavishly bound to lower pay and abhorred management.

Baseball has changed since you played it. It’s the goddamn long ball they want now. If a man can belt ’em that far, he goes up. The clever boys can only wave at the damn apple as it disappears over the wall. That’s baseball today. 17 Fain’s visceral response to his boss’s directive is one that he dare not vocalize: One trouble was that the big hitters were everybody’s meat. Find any rawboned kid who could blast the apple a mile and you’d wait in line with the other scouts to get him, dangling the ever-increasing checks before him, promising him the world if he’d come to papa.

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