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Bill Veeck by Paul Dickson — As shrewd an innovator as ever existed in sports, Bill Veeck had a hand in everything from the ivy along the outfield walls at Wrigley Field to the integration of the American League to the exploding scoreboard at old Comiskey Park. 37 more words


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 in such cities as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 1,025 more words


The Bill Veeck Commandants

I had the pleasure of reading the “Bill Veeck, Baseball’s Greatest Maverick” by Paul Dickson.  Veeck was one of the greatest owners and general managers in the game of baseball.  368 more words

7th-Inning Stretch: Kannapolis Intimidators

“There are only two seasons: winter and baseball.” — Bill Veeck, former MLB owner

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I grew up in a very small town in rural southern Virginia where the highlight of the summer is the town picnic in the park, where eating out means driving 30 minutes to a slightly larger town with more than two stoplights, and where long summer nights often are filled with the sound of little league baseball. 1,017 more words

Minor League Baseball

Sports Memories

The sports headlines from this day in history, August 24, 1951, was about “Fans Managers Night” in St. Louis. There were two teams in St. Louis, always a great baseball town. 956 more words

Larry Doby signs contract with Tribe owner Bill Veeck for $5,000, breaks AL color barrier

When Clevelanders picked up the July 4, 1947 Plain Dealer readers were greeted with the headlines, “Doby Believes He Will Make Grade as Infielder with Tribe” and “Larry Can Make Big Hit With Bat: Fans Approve Purchase of Doby; Rickey Applauds Veeck’s Move in Bringing up Infielder.” Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was quoted: “If Doby is a good player, and I understand that he is, the Cleveland club is showing signs that it wants to win.” 265 more words

Eddie Gaedel: The 3' 7" Ballplayer

Bill Veeck is known to have many odd promotions in hopes of luring fans to the ball park. Among his promotions was to sign Eddie Carl Gaedel, a 3’ 7” Chicago native, to a one day contract with the St. 239 more words