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"The franchise in almost every one of its eras, as Lieb shows us over and over in his richly documented narrative, relied on one magical ballplayer who would rise above all others, flourish for a time, and then, for one reason or another--money being the usual reason--be discarded, "

About the Author

Longtime sportswriter and former editor of Sport Magazine, Al Silverman has authored several baseball books and helped Gale Sayers write his autobiography, I Am Third, the basis for the film Brian’s Song.

Frederick G. Lieb became one of the first living writers to be inducted into the writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame when he received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers of America in 1972. A journalist and author who covered baseball for nearly seventy years, he wrote twelve books, including six team histories for the Putnam team history series.


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Product Details

  • Series: Writing Baseball
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (March 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809324938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809324934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,555,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Once uopn a time this is the way baseball history used to be written: Take one old sportswriter, slap together some anecdotes, attack your enemies, protect your friends, kiss the rear ends of the powerful, call it history. Fortunately, we're all much wiser now. So much of Lieb's work has been disproven that books like these really deserve to be considered works of fiction. Interesting as a historical document, but useless as history. Absolutely everything covered by this book has been covered much much better elsewhere.
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