THE AMERICAN LEAGUE STORY by Lee Allen

THE AMERICAN LEAGUE STORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The historian of the Hall of Fame has provided a twin portrait to last year's The National League Story and while not strictly (fortunately) a player by player, season by season, yearbook, it does concentrate on the great men from the front office to the field who have made this league so eminently successful from its organization as a major circuit in 1901. Lajoie set a .422 still unbeaten batting record (although favored by then existing rules of play); the Yankees were born in 1935 and quickly grew up to dominate both leagues; Ty Cobb, pitcher Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and his long era of slugging supremacy, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, and of course Mantle and Maris figure in these annals; so too does the scandal when bribery made Black Sox out of 8 White Sox players who threw a Series... Sound baseball history, and Allen, a veteran sportswriter, has used certain amount of spit on his ballpoint to keep it lively.

Publisher: Hill & Wang