HOW TO STEAL A PENNANT by Maury & Don Freeman Wills


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With his ""sights set on being a manager,"" the Dodgers' fiery former shortstop, Maurice Morning Wills, reminisces and reflects but mostly rambles on about the game he knows so well. At the conclusion of his 22-year career in professional baseball, Wills found his managerial aspirations thwarted (despite his successful experience in the Mexican winter league) and had to settle instead for a job as a TV sportscaster. An exponent of the scrappy, offense-oriented style of baseball exemplified by the old Dodgers and current Oakland A's, Wills shuns playing conservatively by the book (""a refuge for dull, unimaginative, uncreative, and incompetent managers to hide behind"") in favor of an aggressive team which bunts, sacrifices, and steals bases. Scattered throughout the book are assorted observations on handling and trading players as well as some candid impressions of Walt Alston, Gene Mauch, and Leo Durocher. Those readers in the running for a pennant are better off practicing drag-bunting with a wiffle ball.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1976
Publisher: Putnam