And the Skipper Bats Cleanup

And the Skipper Bats Cleanup

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At least as far back as 1842 through about the late 1930s and mid-1940s, before baseball became commercialized and teams were able to hire one man to manage the entire team, it was not uncommon for one person to fill the roles of player and manager simultaneously. Often, the strongest, brightest, or best player--or sometimes the person who owned the playing equipment--directed his teammates. Forty-two of those men who were both players and managers at the same time are profiled in this work. The book leads off with chapters describing what it was like to fill the dual role and how it came about. Then, chapters are devoted to such men as Cap Anson, Connie Mack, Charles Comiskey, John McGraw, Mickey Cochrane, Dave Bancroft, Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Joe Cronin, and Pete Rose, just to name a few.Actually, the nickname fit his personality perfectly because he was normally an outgoing, talkative individual who would often be described later as a aquot;beefy man with a tomato face who talked a lot. ... In 1925 the righthand- hitting Hartnett hit 24 home runs, finishing second in the league to Rogers Hornsby. ... English said, aquot;In 1929, Gabby had a sore arm all season, and I can tell you how that happened.

Title:And the Skipper Bats Cleanup
Author:Fred Stein
Publisher:McFarland - 2002-04-08


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