Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck

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

  • Title: Veeck--As In Wreck: The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
  • Author: Bill Veeck Ed Linn
  • ISBN: 9780226852188
  • Page: 437
  • 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.

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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 crit [...]

    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 editio [...]

    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 i [...]

    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, [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 more were originated by this man. (I was sad to learn that Veeck was gone from Chicago before my personal all time favorite event, Disco [...]

    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 more 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 reall [...]

    16. hey just don't make baseball owners like Bill Veeck anymore, 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 w [...]

    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 [...]

    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 incorre [...]

    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 bac [...]

    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 an [...]

    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 [...]

    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 t [...]

    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, more 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 [...]

    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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