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Veeck As In Wreck

The Autobiography of Bill Veeck

With a New Foreword by Bob Verdi
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 sports literature.

Read the first chapter, on the career of Eddie Gaedel.


400 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1962, 1986, 2001

Biography and Letters

Sport and Recreation

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Verdi
1. A Can of Beer, a Slice of Cake—and Thou, Eddie Gaedel
2. A Man of Dignity
3. The Battle of Wrigley Field
4. The First Fine Careless Rapture of Milwaukee
5. A Universal-International Production
6. Dinner with Boudreau
7. Every Day Was Mardi Gras...
8. ...and Every Fan Was King
9. One $200,000 Dog for Two $100,000 Cats
10. The Name of the Game is Gamesmanship
11. It Only Takes One Leg to Walk Away
12. Leroy Had Been There Before
13. An Epitaph for Harry Grabiner
14. The Jolly Set
15. I’m from Missouri—Momentarily
16. The Greatest Right-handed Hitter of All Time
17. The Asterisk King
18. A Warm Spiritual Message from the Del E. Webb Corp.
19. Right Between the Shoulder Blades
20. A Night at Toots Shor’s
21. Dynasties Are for the Dinosaurs
22. Chuck Comiskey and the National Debt
23. The South Side Shall Rise Again
24. How We Bought the Minor Leagues Back to Los Angeles
25. I’m Not Handicapped; I’m Crippled
Afterword by Ed Linn

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