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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


Tangled Up In Blue (Flannel)

When we recently opened the first roll of 1970-vintage powder blue baseball uniform wool flannel it brought a smile to my face. Some of the first jerseys we made back in the 80s were reproductions of the 1969 Seattle Pilots road unis, personally dyed by me in my bathtub. 641 more words

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'Wild Child, I will take that': Vin Scully on Satchel Paige

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Of Satchel Paige, Whitey Herzog and holes in fences  … in the words of Vin Scully from Tuesday’s broadcast.

— Jon Weisman


Will Ferrell Stunt Just The Latest In Long History Of Publicity Stunts

This spring, comedian Will Ferrell made news by taking the field for 10 different teams during Spring Training in Arizona. He played all 10 positions (yes, counting designated hitter) in five different games, all in the same day. 1,207 more words


Some Good Baseball Books: 2015 Spring Training Edition

We’ve almost made it through the winter, and for Cubs fans this is looking like a better year than we’ve had for a while. Some are prognosticating greatness for this year’s North Siders, but I’ll be satisfied with 85 wins and whatever comes with it. 1,712 more words

No one who refuses to read this book should ask me for book marketing tips any more

The book in question is the autobiography of Bill Veeck, Veeck as in Wreck.

Clients ask me for marketing tips all the time. Of course, a cynic might think: “If he were that good at marketing, he’d probably be writing and pushing his own books.” Most authors hate marketing and think it’s icky; they just want to write, publish, and let their work rise on its merits. 597 more words

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