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Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck Paperback – April 7, 2001
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Why? Easy enough--Bill loved baseball, so much so that he never sat in fancy box seats at games but preferred to join the fans in the bleachers. He is hilarious, as in sidesplitting; he has many stories to tell about the funnier incidents he's been involved in. And when you run a team Veeck style, you have a lot of funny incidents.
But the book is not just a compilation of Veeck buffoonery; he has strong feelings on many topics and expresses them with clarity and frankness. There are tributes to magnificent performances and courageous actions throughout the book. When you finish it, if you love the game, you wish only that you could have been an office staff person or groundskeeper following Bill through his career. You could never possibly have been bored (or made much money).
This book is in the class of _Ball Four_--a defining work that gives real insight into real baseball. To read it is to delight in the game.
As a partner, enough credit is not given Ed Linn. I don't know how Ed does it, but any book written with him will be entertaining, well written, and will above all preserve the main figure's personal style. I believe it is Ed's talent that takes the reminisces of sports figures and makes them a good read, and this deserves your appreciation and respect.
Bill Veeck you know from reputation -- the wacky promoter who invented everything from Ladies' Day to Disco Demolition Night. The man owned several baseball franchises (including the Chicago White Sox twice, for some reason), and was known as a both a promotional genius and a shrewd financier.
As for Ed Linn... well, Linn was also the ghostwriter for another fantastic, edgy, opinionated baseball book, Leo Durocher's "Nice Guys Finish Last". Not surprisingly, "Veeck" reads a lot like the Durocher tome (and it came first, too!). On every page here you'll find a funny anecdote, a scary bit of prescience, and a unique look at an otherwise-beloved icon. With Veeck's memory and Linn's acid pen, this book is quite hard to put down. Or to pick up, for that matter.
Sports bios tend to hold back these days, let's face it. They're not as long and not as insightful as the Linn books. And the gift of time has helped ripen these pages. When Veeck talks about baseball's financial need to institute interleague play -- writing from 1961 -- you know this man saw around a few decades' worth of corners. When he takes the Yankees to task for failing to capitalize on Roger Maris's pursuit of the Babe Ruth home run record, and notes that it was a once-in-a-lifetime event, he's right -- so baseball got it right in '98, when McGwire came to town, and when the record fell yet again in '01, hardly anyone noticed.Read more ›
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I knew absolutely nothing about Bill Veeck before picking this up and I found it informative, entertaining and fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Ahern
I am close to finishing this book, and must say that it is a must-read for any fan of the game. I had always heard that this book was a classic, and I can absolutely attest that it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. S. Etkin
Great book, and not just for those who follow baseball. Bill Veeck was a sage, a philosopher and a humanitarian. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Citizen Bill
You would have to be a real serious baseball fan of long standing to buy this book, but I couldn't find it at the library and he is such a fascinating character that I was willing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Doug Graham
This book was written in the early 60's after Mr. Veeck was forced to sell the Chicago White Sox due to (1) Ill health and (2) the American League owners. It is a story of Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. M. LaCour
Bill Veeck was probably the greatest MLB owner ever. Really interesting to see Veeck steer through the 20th century baseball world and bring to life the characters that were it's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen Grossberg