By Bill Madden
When you love the recent York Yankees, arguably the main storied franchise in all of sports—or whether you’re only a fan of baseball background, or substantial company bios—this biography of the larger-than-life group proprietor for the earlier 4 many years is a needs to in your bookshelf. For greater than 30 years invoice Madden has coated the Yankees and significant League Baseball for the New York day-by-day News, and he brings all his insights and inside of connections to Steinbrenner: the definitive biography of 1 of latest York’s such a lot fascinating and long-standing activities figures, Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner.
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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.