The Gashouse Gang
How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-behind Ball Club Won the World Series and America's Heart During the Great Depression
By (author) John Heidenry
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Gashouse Gang by John Heidenry
Book DescriptionWith The Gashouse Gang, John Heidenry delivers the definitive account of one the greatest and most colorful baseball teams of all times, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, filled with larger-than-life baseball personalities like Branch Rickey, Leo Durocher, Pepper Martin, Casey Stengel, Satchel Paige, Frankie Frisch, and--especially-- the eccentric good ol' boy and great pitcher Dizzy Dean and his brother Paul. The year 1934 marked the lowest point of the Great Depression, when the U.S. went off the gold standard, banks collapsed by the score, and millions of Americans were out of work. Epic baseball feats offered welcome relief from the hardships of daily life. The Gashouse Gang, the brilliant culmination of a dream by its general manager, Branch Rickey, the first to envision a farm system that would acquire and "educate" young players in the art of baseball, was adored by the nation, who saw itself--scruffy, proud, and unbeatable--in the Gang. Based on original research and told in entertaining narrative style, The Gashouse Gang brings a bygone era and a cast full of vivid personalities to life and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586485689
(210mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 8-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Hailed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review as a "hugely detailed, engagingly written history", this is the first behind-the-scenes account of one of the greatest American success stories of this century. Front page reviews in major publications.
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Author Biography - John Heidenry
John Heidenry is a native of St. Louis and was the founding editor, in 1977, of St. Louis magazine and the St. Louis Literary Supplement. He is currently the Executive Editor of The Week. The author of several previous books, he lives in New York City.
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