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NY Yankee Thurman Munson – A Work Horse Among Show Horses
Baseball and Football

NY Yankee Thurman Munson – A Work Horse Among Show Horses

Thurman Munson’s newest biography, the third, has the whole story of his fatal plane crash, the demons he fought all his life, and a humanity he only allowed his closest friends and family saw.

Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More

Charles O. Finley, owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s was one of the most innovative owners ever. But his biggest changes were unintentional, driven by his ego and greed, and they forced him out of baseball.

Everybody Had an Opinion of George Steinbrenner
Baseball and Football

Everybody Had an Opinion of George Steinbrenner

Yankee managing partner George Steinbrenner was an authoritarian, intrustive team owner, who loved controversy and seeing his name in the media. Though he mellowed in his final years, tumult was the order of the day in Yankeedom.

Reggie Jackson’s New Biography Retells Old Stories
Baseball and Football

Reggie Jackson’s New Biography Retells Old Stories

The first part of Dayn Perry’s biography of Reggie Jackson speculates too much on his psychological deficits. Perry never spoke to Jackson. Part 2 recycles well-known years about Reggie’s Yankee years.

Thurman Munson Was a Work Horse on a Team of Show Horses
Baseball and Football

Thurman Munson Was a Work Horse on a Team of Show Horses

Thurman Munson was a great ballplayer, but deeply sensitive and insecure. He held grudges and had several rivalries with teammates opponents, and the media.

Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball
Baseball and Football

Love Him or Hate Him, George Steinbrenner Changed Baseball

George Steinbrenner changed baseball, like him or not.

Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball

Charles O. Finley was the most innovative baseball owners since Bill Veeck. His two most important, lasting changes were accidents that forced him out of baseball: he was the first to lose a star player in salary arbitration and another star to free agency. A career insurance salesman with no baseball experience, he also took a team of perennial losers and, as his own general manager, won three straight World Championships with players he developed in his farm system. Only Connie Mack, owner/general manager of the Philadelphia A’s, a lifelong baseball man, matched that achievement.