Opening with the answer to a trivia question—Eddie Gaedel was the 3’7” player who took exactly one at-bat for the St. Louis Browns in the second game of a 1951 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers (the pitcher, unable to locate the strike zone, gave up a base on balls)—this sports classic finds the subject providing color commentary to his own colorful career as a daring, innovative team owner and promoter in major league baseball. Though his most notorious years were still to come (where, with the Chicago White Sox, he introduced the exploding scoreboard, added names to the uniforms, enticed Harry Caray to sing the seventh-inning stretch, and presided over radio-jock Steve Dahl’s disastrous Disco Demolition Night, events mentioned in cowriter Linn’s afterword), there’s still more than enough inspired lunacy to keep readers’ attention. Linn captures the flavor of his subject’s speech in a first-person narrative that makes the reader feel as though he or she is sitting in Veeck’s office, where the door was always open, enjoying a strong beverage while the raconteur calls the tune. A fine portrait of days long past, when a strong-willed, one-legged showman could make a lasting impression on what has today become a much more corporate pastime. --Keir Graff
great baseball man, stories galore, true stuff about a renegade smart ,manPublished 2 months ago by blackbeard
How many owners of professional teams have sold tickets, ran concessions, cleaned the stadium, painted the stadium, worked in the front office, wandered through the stands, selling... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William G. Straub
One of the greatest books ever. why it isn't a mini series is beyond me.Published 2 months ago by Drake
It's always interesting ready about how baseball was before the huge budget game it has become. Veeck was a pioneer. A lot of the ideas he had are now implemented in the game. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Smith
This book is a real page turner. Entertaining like "Ball Four" and "The Wrong Stuff,"
very educational. Read more
Story from an owner's perspective of behind-the-scenes activity that helped shape baseball in an era prior to cable & satellite TV, the Internet and Sabremetrics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by bash