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A Summer to Remember: Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, and the 1948 Cleveland Indians Kindle Edition

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The 1948 Cleveland Indians’ improbable march to a World Series title, with its feel-good story and splashy cast of characters, is so irresistible that even author Freedman’s sometimes-distracting narrative can’t get in the way. Success started with maverick owner Bill Veeck, who acquired the team in 1946 and whose flair for showmanship and fearless acquisition of controversial players—he almost immediately signed future Hall-of-Famer Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the AL—began filling Cleveland’s 78,811-seat stadium. Add the team’s dynamic player-manager Lou Boudreau, who won the MVP that year; the great Bob Feller; lefty knuckleballing rookie-phenom Gene Beardon; the aged but effective Satchel Paige; and outstanding role players that Veeck delivered to manager Boudreau. Freedman writes in an anachronistic, distracting old-school style of baseball reporting (pitchers are “twirlers,” for instance), but that season’s ready-made dramatic arc and Freedman’s enthusiasm should win over true baseball fans. --Alan Moores

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“Represents ideal reading material for anyone depressed about the current condition of Cleveland sports.” — The News-Herald

Product Details

  • File Size: 2130 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (April 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWGRRKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lew Freedman is a veteran newspaper sportswriter and experienced author of more than seventy five books about sports and Alaska subjects. He spent seventeen years at the ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS in Alaska and has also worked for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Lew is recipient of over 250 journalism awards. For more information please visit: www.LewFreedmanBooks.com, @LewFreedman on Twitter, or at his #ThunderontheTundra Facebook fan page.

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I usually enjoy baseball related books and thought that this may be an interesting subject to read about. However I found this book to lack any depth or analysis and equivalent to the "as told to" biographies I read in Junior High. The writing is so insipid and the analogies so corny that I was unable to even finish the book. Save your money and skip this one unless you happen to equate Bill Veeck to the 2nd coming.
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I found nothing new in this book. Practically each chapter is a mini-biography of the major individuals involved in the 1948 Cleveland Indians. The information provided can be found in any one of several other baseball books such as Veeck As In Wreck. I found the book to be written on a level for middle school students, not that middle school students would be interested in the 1948 Cleveland Indians. I'm no longer a football fan but I found author Lew Freedman's book entitled "Clouds Over the Goalpost" to be an enjoyable read whereas this baseball book, a sport I do follow, to be one that I will donate to the local public library rather than add it to my baseball library. I would have liked to say I enjoyed this book but I am being generous by rating it two stars.
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Really a fun book for me. The first year I got interested in baseball was 1948; Of course, the Indians won the World Championship that year. Being nine years old, I seemed to think that would happen every year. Unfortunately, they haven't won a world series since. Like we always say though - Wait til next year. The book brought back a lot of memories.

Tom McCartney, Amherst, Ohio
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Author provides an accurate albeit dry account of the season series by series Interesting to hear the tone of the surviving players as they offer personal recollection. Ball players of mid twentieth century speak with a humility and grace now long passé Some interesting trivia about Indian franchise which hardcore Tribe fans will appreciate.
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The book was full of information about 1948 and the Cleveland Indians most recent World Series winner. The author told lots of stories about the various players on that team and other teams. What stayed with me was just what gentlemen these players were. They each seemed to take responsibility for any failures they had. They put the team ahead of their own egos. They shared their individual successes with the entire team. Manager-player Lou Boudreau, players Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Gene Beardon, and Bob Lemon are shown to be very unselfish in their quest for the World Series trophy. Owner Bill Veeck was always fair to his players (when in 1948, before free agency, many owners were downright unfair to players.) He never saw color and was a pioneer among owners when he signed the American League's first black player and later the second black team manager..both were Larry Doby, one of the games classiest men. When Veeck signed a Negro League player, he always paid that team a fair cash price. Many owners paid nothing for their Negro League players. Overall, this book could be titled "The Good Guys Won!" There is also a moment after game four when a special thing happened between two Indians players. You'll need to read the book to find out, but you will be touched by what happened!
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If I could give this book zero stars I would have. I was shocked to read in the chapter on knuckleball pitcher Gene Bearden, that Freedman wrote,
" Bearden suffered a concusion and a leg injury while serving in the Navy during WWII. "
That is not a direct quote, but it is as far as Freedman listed Bearden's injuries were concerned. Gene actually suffered an open skull fracture and a shattered knee cap and knee and lower leg injuries that nearly led to an above the knee amputation. Part of Bearden's skull was blown away in the explosion. An officer saved his life by carrying Gene over his shoulder and placing him in a life raft. Then Bearden survived 48 hours at sea in the life raft before he was rescued. It was two Japanese torpedoes that hit Bearden's battleship and it took only 17 minutes for it tosink to the the ocean floor, killing hundreds of his shipmates. After undergoing serveral surgeries part of Gene's skull was replaced with aluminum and his knee cap was also aluminum.
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This was a fun read for someone growing up in Cleveland during the 40's and 50's. Lots of nostalgia and some interesting behind-the-scenes info from the Veeck, Boudreau and Feller era. Nice work by Lew Freedman assembling and presenting the reports and opinions of the sports writers and editors of the Cleveland News, Press and Plain Dealer during the time. A quick and delightful journey to the past.
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