Bill Veeck by Paul Dickson

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17 Critic Reviews

Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be... Dickson’s book is a skillful corrective.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is legendary in many ways-baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of great change. Paul Dickson has written the first full biography of this towering figure, in the process rewriting many aspects of his life and bringing alive the history of America's pastime. In his late 20s, Veeck bought into his first team, the American Association Milwaukee Brewers. After serving and losing a leg in WWII, he bought the Cleveland Indians in 1946, and a year later broke the color barrier in the American League by signing Larry Doby, a few months after Jackie Robinson-showing the deep commitment he held to integration and equal rights. Cleveland won the World Series in 1948, but Veeck sold the team for financial reasons the next year. He bought a majority of the St. Louis Browns in 1951, sold it three years later, then returned in 1959 to buy the other Chicago team, the White Sox, winning the American League pennant his first year. Ill health led him to sell two years later, only to gain ownership again, 1975-1981. Veeck's promotional spirit-the likes of clown prince Max Patkin and midget Eddie Gaedel are inextricably connected with him-and passion endeared him to fans, while his feel for the game led him to propose innovations way ahead of their time, and his deep sense of morality not only integrated the sport but helped usher in the free agency that broke the stranglehold owners had on players. (Veeck was the only owner to testify in support of Curt Flood during his landmark free agency case). Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick is a deeply insightful, powerful biography of a fascinating figure. It will take its place beside the recent bestselling biographies of Satchel Paige and Mickey Mantle, and will be the baseball book of the season in Spring 2012.
 

About Paul Dickson

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Paul Dickson is the author of several classic baseball books, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He is also the author of the seminal narrative history Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and the coauthor of the acclaimed The Bonus Army: An American Epic. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Walker Books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be... Dickson’s book is a skillful corrective.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Maxwell Carter on Apr 20 2012

Mr. Dickson rightly prizes his subject's colorful appeal, judiciously weaving Veeck's own words into the story.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on Jun 22 2012

BILL VEECK is as comfortable a read as a good seat in the bleachers along with a hot dog and beer.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Downey on Apr 01 2012

The proof of goodness is usually in the details, so it becomes clear right off the bat that Dickson has written an authoritative work.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Launius

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick is a very fine baseball biography that compares with the best work that has been published on the leaders of the sport over the years.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Marc Mohan on May 19 2012

In this crisply written, admiring but never fawning chronicle, Dickson makes a strong case for Veeck as the most influential baseball executive who ever lived.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Dave Hoekstra on Apr 27 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick is a portrait of a uniquely rounded and compassionate spirit.

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History News Network

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Briley on Jun 05 2012

Dickson’s biography reminds one why Veeck was so endearing to many baseball fans...

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Philly.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Barra on May 20 2012

Bill Veeck is a book to match the man — hearty, irreverent, and outrageously entertaining.

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Only A Game

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Littlefield

Paul Dickson’s biography of Bill Veeck is thorough, entertaining, and superb.

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Seamheads.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Ted Leavengood on Apr 24 2012

No less absorbing and valuable is Paul Dickson’s biography of the man... it is worth every bad penny.

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Baseball America

Excellent
Reviewed by James Bailey on May 10 2012

Dickson also provides a structure and the full cradle-to-grave perspective that was unavailable at the time Veeck and Linn unloosed the baseball pariah on the literary world five decades ago.

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MLB reports

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Hacohen on Jun 20 2012

Make sure to grab your own of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick... It will be the smartest investment in baseball knowledge that you will ever make.

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OnMilwaukee.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Owczarski on May 11 2012

Paul Dickson pulls back the curtain a little further on a very formative time in Veeck's professional, and personal life that often is overlooked...

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Sports Book Review Center

Excellent
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on May 22 2012

Dickson has a tough act to follow, as Veeck's own book is one of the classics in the field of sports autobiography. But he's up to the task, doing new research and putting some of the other parts of the story. The resulting book is filled with joy for the reader.

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ConcertKatie

Good
May 26 2012

Dickson did a great job capturing Bill’s life and although the book is 300+ pages, it definitely kept my interest the whole time.

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1 Man and His Books

Good
Apr 10 2012

This is a book rich in description and detail and also provides us with an outstanding view of the game...

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