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Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics [Kindle Edition]

William H. Mullins
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Book Description

The story of how major league sports finally came to Seattle - and then left after only one year. Stadium politics remain at the heart of Seattle's ongoing struggle with sports, even nearly 50 years later, as the city vies for a NBA team. - Publishers Weekly


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Any person going through the turnstiles, any person in an already established MLB city, and anyone who finds themselves in a potential city considered for expansion have an indelible resource for reference in Mullins’ work.

(Matthew J. Bartkowiak The Journal of Popular Culture 2013-01-00)

Mullins is able to keep the many threads of the story... from tangling... It cannot be overstated how difficult and important this task is: sports business is an impossible morass, so to tell the tale without leaving the reader dizzy is a real accomplishment.

(Jason Wojciechowski Baseball Prospectus 2013-01-00)

The story of how major league sports finally came to Seattle—and then left after only one year. Stadium politics remain at the heart of Seattle's ongoing struggle with sports, even nearly fifty years later, as the city vies for an NBA team.

(Publishers Weekly 2013-01-00)

Becoming Big League is written with a verve and wit that makes the most of all the engaging and/or exasperating characters involved.

(Carl Abbott, Portland State University)

Becoming Big League is the story of much more than the ill-fated Seattle Pilots' 1969 season. Bill Mullins rekindles memories of the boys of that summer, including Tommy Davis, Ray Oyler, and Jim Bouton, and deftly explores an important moment in Seattle's history when a group of entrepreneurs and city leaders helped take the city from a small town to the big leagues.

(Dale Soden, Whitworth University)

Bill Mullins has taken a novel and very fresh approach to an important and fascinating chapter in Seattle sports history.

(David S. Eskenazi)

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Becoming Big League is written with a verve and wit that makes the most of all the engaging and/or exasperating characters involved.

(Carl Abbott, Portland State University)

Product Details

  • File Size: 3371 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0295994258
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (June 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGN8MAS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moving to the NW in the late 60's I was familar with many of the political figures from that period referenced in the book. It was very nostalgic for me in reading about these figures again. The author does a nice job in combining these politicos with the many baseball characters for telling the story. It is apparent that many hours of research went into this book which made it an interesting political read as well as an entertaining baseball story.

Ron Delzer
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the game--and beyond it October 27, 2014
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As a gesture of full disclosure, I need to say that the author is a good friend and teaching colleague over a couple of decades. That aside, this is a terrific book, of value to urban historians and sports fans and historians alike. Dr. Mullins knows a lot about baseball, about Seattle in the 1960s and 1970s, and about the human behaviors that make a well-plotted story from the emergence and evolution of a minor league baseball team--Seattle's Pilots. The team, on one level, is a sort of political football (pardon the mixed sport metaphor) for some who wanted major league status for their growing city; on another level, it becomes a measure of the willingness of ambitious city boosters to put money where their dreams are. But for the sports fan, the book is a good read about the coming together--partly intentional and partly serendipitously--of diverse players for whom baseball is their life, or a big part of it, and of how that coming together brings success or failure on the field, all the while another game is being played beyond the field, between or among the Seattle luminaries who may know little about baseball but who want their city to be "big league." This is a book that should be read by sports fans, sports historians, and urban historians alike.
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The book is an interesting review of the politics and public relations activities that the leaders and citizens experienced in seeking "Big League" status for Seattle. It also include a detailed play by play account of the Pilot baseball team's year there.
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