So when did you develop your love for baseball? But with a few other books waiting to be read before summer ends, I had to give up on this one. Peter Schilling's electric account of what might have been had Bill Veeck managed to integrate a major league baseball team in 1944 is full of vivid characters and amazing events. There are a lot of characters in this book and some of them get a short shrift. The difficult thing for me was watching that one-game playoff last year. Well, The End of Baseball attempts to answer that.
Most baseball fans will enjoy this one, I think. I enjoyed the beginning as the team is coming together, and was reminded of Kadir Nelson's beautifully illustrated We Are the Ship, which I continually referenced to remember names. In 1944 that was the entire roster. But with a I wanted to like this book, I really did. Originally from Michigan, he lives in St. On paper, the team is the best in the league, but adapting to the pressures of bre I tend to be a pretty generous grader. Learning about Gaedel caused me to do some serious research on Veeck.
In Peter Schilling's work of inventive history, The End of Baseball, I was allowed to do both, and I thank him for that. Filled with wonderful characters and lively writing, Schilling's book is the best baseball novel I've read in years. I think the writer was trying to create a mythic season mixed with realistic characters and he doesn't quite get there. Were you a fan of Veeck before reading the book, or did it develop as you read his book? Using actual events, Schilling has fictionalized a fantasy scenario in baseball history—the integration of black players into the major leagues in 1944. I have a friend who is doing a very researched biography on Veeck, and he told me it was true. Loved it, loved the life Peter Schilling brought to all the characters and the way you got to feel as if you were there - for good or bad- for the first Negro Major league baseball team.
What would I be doing? It is about the team that 'almost was' in an extraordinary baseball season of 1944. Would the black players be the best players in the game? But of course, it is fiction and I have no intention to spoil the story for prospective readers. The characters in the book are well developed and realistic. I stumbled across it recently at my public library and quickly checked it out. The author does a great job with the period and characters and keeps you guessing till the last page.
One character in particular that comes in late. Publishers Weekly Peter Schilling's historical baseball novel is a blast. It was maybe three paragraphs in this 1,500-page book. I did convince myself to keep reading, and made it well into the fourth chapter. Of course I had no idea who he was talking about and this prompted a Google search.
The premise of this book was pretty unique to me, at least and it was very well researched. It's the author's first book, and it's meticulously researched. Add Peter Schilling to the list of writers who struggles to write passable male-male conversations. The of the club was coming off a 49-105 finish and had just been sold by Connie Mack. Racism is a big part of the story; the difficulties Veeck faces with Judge Landis, other teams, fans at home and around the league. The key players are familiar names: Satchell Paige, Josh Gibson, Roy Campanella, Cool Papa Bell, and others, plus one real character who is a key player but This was a good novel to read at the end of another dismal, disappointing baseball season for a Cubs fan. Edgar Hoover, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and, of course, the brilliant eccentric Bill Veeck, Jr.
Determined to gather only the best players, Veeck soon gets the attention of J. The Twins have a really good farm system, and I like the way they bring up players. As someone who's never even had to think about when baseball or anything for that matter was 'whites only' this was a very interesting read. What ensues is one of the most enjoyable sports books I've read in a long time. Veeck is a big-hearted, headline-grabbing, authority-provoking entrepreneur. In Peter Schilling's work of inventive history, The End of Baseball, I was allowed to do both, and I thank him for that. Well, The End of Baseball attempts to answer that.
The Athletics romp through the 1944 season behind the on-and-off diamond antics of real-life stars like Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Roy Campanella, with Veeck struggling to raise money, avoid race riots and flummox Judge Landis. But it just didn't work for me. The team story follows a fairly predictable arc though with a twist ending but Schilling does a great job describing the baseball action. Peter Schilling's novel keeps your attention, for the most part, by devising a page-turning baseball season and by focusing on a few terrific, real-life characters, including Satchel Paige, Bill Veeck, Josh Gibson, and Roy Campanella. Lots of twists and turns and ups and downs--just like a real baseball season. In 1976, I fell in love with Mark Fidrych like the rest of the world.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. An alternative history of the integration of baseball, The End of Baseball brings back an era when baseball was truly America's game, still being played in segregated leagues and seedy ballparks, followed in print newspapers, radio broadcasts and wartime transmissions to troops at war in Europe. The premise of this book was pretty unique to me, at least and it was very well researched. I do like the Twins a lot this year. This is in addition to writing non-fiction, graphic novels, plays and screenplays, as well as the blog entries you read here. But even the great players of the Negro Leagues, like Satchel Paige, is very easy to find information on.