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Bill Veeck’s Rules of Etiquette for Baseball Owners


When Bill Veeck was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991 his widow, Mary-Frances Veeck, offered some interesting comments about how he conducted himself, offering twelve commandments of professional life. They were, in essence, Veeck’s rules of etiquette … Continue reading

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Why Do Teams Leave their Host Cities: Major League Baseball in St. Louis as a Case Study


Between 1902 and 1954 the American League and the National League franchises in St. Louis competed for control of the fans in the city. The National League’s Cardinals eventually won that competition, forcing the Browns to leave for Baltimore where … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers”


Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. By Mike Shropshire. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1996. As a Texas Rangers beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1973 Mike … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Browns, and the Challenge of “Small Markets”


Not until the 1960s did baseball executives begin to use terms like “small market” to describe the unique challenges of operating a successful major league franchise in an environment that did not generate the type of revenues available to teams … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down”


Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. By Dave Zirin. New York: The New Press, 2013. Dave Zirin does certainly not have writer’s block. He has been churning out books virtually every year since 2005 when … Continue reading

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Roger’s MLB Power Rankings at the Start of 2013 Spring Training


Major League Baseball is just now beginning Spring Training for the 2013 season. It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. I’m looking forward to the spring and baseball returning. Accordingly, I thought I would take the time to prepare my … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray”


Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray. By Ted Geltner. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. As the editor of the “Sports and American Culture” series published by the University of Missouri Press, I … Continue reading

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Does the MLB Commissioner Have the Right to Overturn Owner’s Trades/Sales/Deals?


The question above is one that many people have debated during the last couple of weeks as the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays undertook a megadeal that swapped several star players for top prospects. In mid-November 2012 the Marlins … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick”


Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick. By Paul Dickson. New York: Walker and Co., 2012. 448 pages, photographs, acknowledgments, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Hardcover with dustjacket, ISBN: 978-0-8027-1778-8, $28.00 U.S. Paul Dickson’s Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick is a most welcome … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “‘If You Were Only White’: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige”


“If You Were Only White”: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige. By Donald Spivey. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. As the editor for the “Sports and American Culture” series at the University of Missouri Press I was delighted to … Continue reading

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