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Our team : the epic story of four men and the World Series that changed baseball / Luke Epplin.

Author/Creator:
Epplin, Luke, author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2021.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.
Baseball players.
Cleveland Indians (Baseball team) -- History.
Doby, Larry.
Veeck, Bill.
Feller, Bob, 1918-2010.
Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.
World Series (Baseball) (1948).
Cleveland Indians (Baseball team).
World Series (Baseball).
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
History.
Biographies.
Summary:
"The riveting story of four men-Larry Doby, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige-whose improbable union on the Cleveland Indians in the late 1940s would shape the immediate postwar era of Major League Baseball and beyond. In July 1947, not even three months after Jackie Robinson debuted on the Brooklyn Dodgers, snapping the color line that had segregated Major League Baseball, Larry Doby would follow in his footsteps on the Cleveland Indians. Though Doby, as the second Black player in the majors, would struggle during his first summer in Cleveland, his subsequent turnaround in 1948 from benchwarmer to superstar sparked one of the wildest and most meaningful seasons in baseball history. In intimate, absorbing detail, Our Team traces the story of the integration of the Cleveland Indians and their quest for a World Series title through four key participants: Bill Veeck, an eccentric and visionary owner adept at exploding fireworks on and off the field; Larry Doby, a soft-spoken, hard-hitting pioneer whose major-league breakthrough shattered stereotypes that so much of white America held about Black ballplayers; Bob Feller, a pitching prodigy from the Iowa cornfields who set the template for the athlete as businessman; and Satchel Paige, a legendary pitcher from the Negro Leagues whose belated entry into the majors whipped baseball fans across the country into a frenzy. Together, as the backbone of a team that epitomized the postwar American spirit in all its hopes and contradictions, these four men would captivate the nation by storming to the World Series--all the while rewriting the rules of what was possible in sports"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Part I: Beginnings. The Duel
Learning to Be Alone
The Storybook Ballplayers
The Gingerbread Man
Two Sides of the Navy
No Gentleman
Tales from the South Pacific
Part II: Breakthroughs. The Crossroads
Effa Manley's Dilemma
The Deal Is Closed
Exploding the Fireworks
Opposite Directions
Head-to-Head
Hands and Knees
The Promise
A New and Strange World
Closed Ranks
Fever
The Final Duel
Part III: Frenzy. If I Can Stick with This Team
Under the Knife, Beyond the Axe
Enter Paige
Pandemonium
The Gingerbread Man
The Photo
Fever Dreams.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-380) and index.
ISBN:
9781250313799
1250313791
9781250313805
OCLC:
1224041676
Publisher Number:
99987522897