VEECK -- AS IN WRECK by

VEECK -- AS IN WRECK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A storm center of baseball, owner-operator Veeck recaps his career in a no-holds barred account of his activities through the years. ""The man who put the midget up at bat"" tells of the publicity-promotion that made records at games, copped pennants, and aroused the conservatives, and argues his reasons -- and rights - in flouting and fighting traditional rules. He was indoctrinated early, for his father was president of the Chicago Cubs, and, when Bill came along it was conflict with Wrigley that sent him on to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, etc. He has stories of drinkers, ""high jinks and low humor"", outstanding characters and favorites among the players; of the amputations on his leg and his recent collapse; of his two marriages; of the difficulties with financing, organizational and legal aspects of baseball; and the whole is an energetic addition to baseball history. A controversial figure presents a large discussion panel for the dedicated.

Publisher: Putnam