James has built a career on finding the art and wisdom in baseball's numbers. Here he answers--in words as well as the numbers to back them up--everything you've ever wanted to know about dugout skippers, from the game's dinosaur days in the 1870s right up to today. Dividing his book into decade stretches, James examines the best managers of each time period, analyzing their contributions, detailing their styles, pointing out quirks, dissecting strengths and weaknesses, and comparing them with others. Along the way, he adds some fascinating essays--on the Dodger farm system, for example, the influence of Ned Hanlon, and the worst single managerial job of all time. Like all of James's work, it's filled with charts and statistics that open doors to both the managerial mind and baseball's inner workings. --Jeff Silverman, Sports editor
From Library Journal
The manager's job is to organize the work of all the team members, and anyone whose job is to manage will readily recognize the delights and frustrations of looking after "the boys of summer." Prolific baseball writer James has compiled a who's who of baseball managers from 1870 to the present day, organized by decade. Each section is essentially a snapshot featuring the most successful managers with profiles, statistics, and detailed explanations as to why each stands out from the rest. A delightful collection that will satisfy baseball fans of all ages.?Larry Little, Penticton P.L., British Columbia
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