Grasping the Ring II
Nine People Who MatterBook - 2009
Gene A. Budig tells the personalized stories of nine exceptional Americans--people who knew what they wanted in life and followed difficult paths to achieve admirable ends. In this sequel to his earlier book, Grasping the Ring , Budig profiles Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball's Jackie Robinson and a remarkable woman in her own right; Bill Veeck, a showman and owner of three baseball teams who helped teach fans how to laugh and have fun at the ballpark; Bob Costas, the longtime sports announcer and commentat∨ Gene Autry, the "Singing Cowboy," former owner of the California Angels, and noted philanthropist; Bob Gibson, a Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals known as a fierce competit∨ Billy Beane, a well-known baseball insider made famous in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball ; Jerry West, one of professional basketball's all-time finest players; Stan Kasten, one of the great minds in baseball and current president of the Washington Nationals; and Bud Selig, the current commissioner of Major League Baseball. What emerges in Budig's engaging narrative is that these individuals were ahead of their time, and these essays paint a vivid and sometimes troubling picture of what they endured to become leaders of stature.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009
Branch Call Number: 796.092 B927
Characteristics: xv, 104 p. : ill. ; 23 cm