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Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck By Bill Veeck Ed Linn,

  • Title: Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
  • Author: Bill Veeck Ed Linn
  • ISBN: 9780226852188
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game His classic autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with information about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners, including some of the most entertaining stories in all of sportsBill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game His classic autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with information about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners, including some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature.
    Veeck As In Wreck The Autobiography of Bill Veeck Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder a consummate showman and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game His classic autobiography written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn

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    1. It s been 50 years since Bill Veeck unleashed his autobiography Veeck as in Wreck on the literary world As popular with readers as it was reviled by baseball executives, the book climbed best seller lists in the summer of 1962 and has never faded from sight In 2002, it claimed a place on Sports Illustrated s list of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time, ranking 33rd.Veeck as in Wreck is still as entertaining today as it was in the 60s, though time has tempered some of the harsh criticisms of the [...]

    2. All I was saying was that a losing team, plus bread and circuses, was better than a losing team and a long, still silence Thank Bill Veeck for floppy hat night and bobblehead giveaways at the ballpark He started them He also was responsible for planting the ivy on the Wrigley Field outfield wall.A great read for anyone who hopes to own and run a service related businessNUS I was in a junk shop in Knoxville before my sister s wedding in 2000 and happened upon a slightly worn hardbound edition I o [...]

    3. The best baseball biography I have read, with a first person voice akin to Saul Bellow s Henderson the Rain King Grand and playful and a fascinating look at the now lost world of maverick do it yourselfer as major sports team owner The carnival quality of some of Veeck s stunts reminds us that sports should be fun.

    4. I m stealing this line from my mother, but I feel like I just listened to Bill Veeck tell me stories at a bar for an evening This is likely colored by his many accounts of enjoying nightlife I was born 25 years after the most recent events in the book, so most of the names held little meaning for me, but Veeck s an entertaining enough storyteller that it didn t matter all too much What surprised me the most was how many of his arguments could have been pulled from a post on Deadspin rants in fav [...]

    5. I think you have to be a baseball fan to understand all the deals he was making and to better understand the context of it all but what a fascinating life A very creative business man and man of the people I was growing up during the latter part of his life with the White Sox the book is prior to that era and was aware of him always being out the stands Pretty cool to get a better understanding of it all.

    6. This book made me wish I had met Veeck at some point in my life He s the kind of guy you want to have a beer with, just sit back and listen Good read for baseball fans Also, for people who like to tweak sacred cows.

    7. The best baseball book ever End of story Forget the nostalgic, sugary and superstitious story of baseball Here s the real history of the forties and fifties, told by one of the game s true heroes.

    8. An entertaining autobiography by the man who brought us two of the great American innovations, the exploding scoreboard and a midget ballplayer with a 1.5 strike zone.

    9. I have to say as someone who has read numerous books on baseball, that this is at the top of my list Veeck was one of the true characters of the game of baseball Veeck got his start in baseball due to the fact his father worked for the Wrigley s in the Chicago Cubs organization After the death of his father, Veeck stayed on and worked for the Cubs From there he went on to own the Milwaukee Brewers the just a minor league baseball team , the Clevelend Indians, the infamous St Louise Browns, and t [...]

    10. This autobiography is a good read for anyone interested in baseball history, baseball business history, the backstage happenings of the sport and some funny stories Bill Veeck was certainly one of a kind I actually enjoyed the first part of the book than the rest This was where I learned many things, including that Bill s dad was President of the Cubs from 1917 1933 that they won the Nat l League pennant in 1918 Bill s dad was always Mr Veeck, was a journalist before becoming President of the C [...]

    11. As I noted in a status update, Veeck was fully aware that he would go down in history as the guy who sent a midget to bat He was fine with that, but this book shows there was a lot to the man And it doesn t hurt that he can tell a good story.Baseball is a game that was built on big characters They seem to be missing from the game today Sure, some of the players can be a little wacky e.g Manny Ramirez , but most of the personality has left the owner s boxes Baseball s aristocracy does nothing to [...]

    12. Quite self aggrandizing but it is an autobiography Veeck is quick to remind you that about every good idea was his and every terrible idea was someone else s He also loves to tell how the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians won pennants under his ownership, but oddly doesn t mention those years with the St Louis Browns Forget that the White Sox were a pretty good team when he purchased them It was also a time when apparently you can go to lunch and wind up buying a baseball team because peop [...]

    13. Simply put, Bill Veeck was one of my all time favorite Americans, a man who started with something and recurrently risked it all in the interest of giving people a good show His father, William Veeck, was a Chicago journalist who was hired by William Wrigley to run the Chicago Cubs Wiped out by the Great Depression, Veeck Sr was unable to leave his offspring any great financial wealth, but he left his son a huge capital of goodwill in the Game, which Bill was able to draw upon over his years in [...]

    14. One of the most entertaining autobiographies I have ever read When I finished it, I felt like I had listened to Bill Veeck telling me stories at a bar than I felt like I had read a book Veeck was a man far, far ahead of his time in promoting baseball things like exploding scoreboards, special Days at the ballpark, outlandish promotions, and many, many were originated by this man I was sad to learn that Veeck was gone from Chicago before my personal all time favorite event, Disco Demolition Nig [...]

    15. Mad Men meets the Bronx Zoo If all you know about Bill Veeck is that he s the guy who sent a midget up to bat in the majors, the first chapter is for you It s also the best story in the book, although there are many, many good anecdotes The book starts to lose steam about halfway, when it gets into the back room politics of who got what franchise and why, although it was undoubtedly a powderkeg when it was published and the people Veeck trashes were alive or their children even it really trails [...]

    16. hey just don t make baseball owners like Bill Veeck any, and it is our loss Maverick, visionary, and showman extraordinaire Bill had a ball setting baseball s staid establishment on its ear with his unorthodox tactics, mischievous spirit, and wild promotions He was an every man who never lost the common touch, and believed that to be the secret of his success His promotions and gimmicks bedeviled and enraged his fellow owners and the purists within the mort bound baseball establishment while the [...]

    17. Funnily enough, this book seemed to mirror Mr Veeck s career.At the beginning, it was brilliant Great writing style, and it could easily serve as a marketing textbook not just for baseball, but really in general I felt like I was sitting down to have dinner with the man, and he was engaging me with stories of his career and imparting his wisdom.About half way through right about the time the baseball establishment got sick of his antics and or jealous of his success the book turns into rant afte [...]

    18. The most interesting arc this book manages to portray is the outside perspective of Veeck with the inner workings of his conscious mind Which never seem to coincide with one another Self proclaimed enemies intertwine with his closest of friends, he runs successful operations while he fails at others, and he is prophetic yet unable to win the trust of any other owner At the end of the day, his dire need to stay out of his fathers shadow leads him to a life of unconformity and political incorrectn [...]

    19. This should be required reading for anyone wanting to own a professional sports franchise I was amazed at how a book written 52 years ago is full of great ideas and common sense logic that is still in short supply by owners today Veeck knew how to run a team, and all gimmicks and promotions aside, he was wise beyond his years You cannot refute this, either, because reading his autobiography with fifty two years of hindsight and history vindicates the man and his ideas I was amazed at how backwar [...]

    20. This is the second time I ve read this book, and it s a fitting read for the beginning of baseball season It s a funny, insightful, and revealing autobiography of probably the most unique baseball franchise owner in history, Bill Veeck The reader gets to understand the hows and whys of Eddie Gaedel s at bat, the innovations and gimmicks that Veeck plotted and instituted to modernize the game and increase attendance, and other unique aspects of financing and owning a ball club in the 1940s and 19 [...]

    21. This was Erica s choice for Book Forcening.Some of the things Veeck did as a ball club owner are things familiar to anyone who attends games today But some of the things he got up to particularly surrounding the business side of the game I cannot even imagine happening nowadays Veeck definitely blazed his own trail, and he seems like the kind of guy who would be fun to gab a drink with.I m not very knowledgeable on MLB history, so it s kind of fun to read about times when teams either didn t exi [...]

    22. I feel like, were I 20 years older and read this when it first came out in the early 80s, I would ve found it amazing Instead, not so much Kinda want to give it 2.5 stars, but it s not an option.At times the book gets lost in bookkeeping, but the stories about the period of his life in Milwaukee and Cleveland were great.Still, for anybody interested in Veeck and or baseball history of the 40s through 70s, it s an important book to read Again, it might just be my problem Those are probably the ex [...]

    23. I should love this book Veeck is my kind of guy, I think But I don t love his book It s too much of a getting even bio Veeck is telling his story to settle up some old scores, than he is to teach me things that I would enjoy learning It s about him and not his readers Oh well That s business biography in our era which started in the 60s when Veeck penned this book.Still, his unique role in baseball s American League during the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s make a pretty good story So, I can t tell you [...]

    24. A book about Veeck s life as a baseball owner, and from the midget batters to the fireworks shows and giveaways, there certainly has no lack of amusing and colorful anecdotes I never understood how the baseball speech in Field of Dreams correlated to the comparatively sterile, corporate form of baseball today, but Veecks freewheeling style of running a baseball team harkens back to that era.

    25. I wondered why my rating was so much lower than the average for this book It is fascinatingr baseball fans and I am a baseball fan Of little interest to others, and Veeck does not try to make it so because he wanders occasionally and includes details that don t add much to his story For a narrative from 1962, however, Veeck does not pull any punches, and the book must have caused a stir in its day.

    26. One of the funniest books a baseball fan could ever want First read it in the 60s when Veeck was still active and re read in 1976 He was responsible for many fan friendly enhancements to sporting events, including fireworks when the home teams hit a home run or won a game.Lots of serious material, too, about how Veeck overcame financial difficulties to become an owner and about his battles with stick in the mud old time owners But still humorous throughout.

    27. Entertaining and rambling autobiography of one of the most interesting team owners in baseball history Veeck was a guy who had a million war stories to tell, and he tells them in full yarn spinning style, with all the strengths funny, insightful, spontaneous and weaknesses disorganized, sometimes overextended thereof Great for baseball history fans or people interested in the politicking behind a professional sports league.

    28. This book is almost 50 years old written in 1962 A very entertaining book written by a guy who preferred to do things his own way, and was definitely not afraid to rock the boat In fact, he often insisted in rocking the boat because it needed to be rocked.I think you don t even have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Bill Veeck s story This is the second time I ve read this book He had a different way of looking at things, and one can argue it was often a better way.

    29. Veeck s days in Major League Baseball go all the way back to the Cubs teams of the 30s The best part of the book is seeing how baseball functioned back then Veeck s airing of grievances and dislike for other baseball movers and shakers, and the nasty disputes they had, gets a little tedious as the book goes on.

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