One of the truly great ball players of all time tells of his rise to greatness from school days, to all-around star at University of Illinois, to managing the Cleveland Indians, to world championship. This is an authentic rags-to- riches yarn of a youngster whose confidence, conceit and capabilities might have made him an objectionable young brat to old ball players. But he had that something that made them notice him, and give him a chance. He quickly made good as shortstop, but when he was made manager of the Cleveland ""cry babies"" at the age of 24, the world began to notice him, too. From 1942-47 his team did nothing of note, but Boudreau continued to star at shortstop. His role as manager looked doomed, but in '48 he was given a last chance and came through with the World Championship for Cleveland. A good story about a great ball player. Fans will eat it up.