Thirty Tons a Day

byBill Veeck

Paperback | July 16, 2009

Thirty Tons a Day by Bill Veeck
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In between his romances with baseball, in early 1969 Bill Veeck took up the challenge of managing Boston's semi-moribund Suffolk Downs racetrack. "Being of sound mind and in reasonable possession of my faculties," Veeck wrote, "I marshaled my forces, at the tender age of fifty-four, and marched upon the city of Boston, Massachusetts, like a latter-day Ben Franklin, to seek my fame and fortune as the operator of a racetrack. Two years later, fortune having taken one look at my weathered features and shaken its hoary locks, I retreated, smiling gamely." When he took over the track, Veeck had yet to learn that the normal daily output of some sixteen hundred horses (including straw) would amount to so much, or be so hard to dispose of. But that was the least of his problems. In the tough-minded and Tabasco-tongued prose that is his trademark, Veeck recalls the battles he won and lost, the fun he had, and what he discovered about horse racing at "Sufferin' Downs." It's a zesty, complicated story but a relentlessly fascinating one about the inside workings of one of the most popular sports in America.
Bill Veeck (1914-1986) brought a flamboyant, fan-oriented entrepreneurship to his ownership of the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox. He is best remembered for the innovations he brought to the game and for his publicity stunts that brought fans to the ball park. He also wrote Veeck as in Wreck and The ...
Title:Thirty Tons a DayFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.56 X 5.57 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 8.56 X 5.57 X 0.9 inPublished:July 16, 2009Publisher:Ivan R. DeeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1566638283

ISBN - 13:9781566638289

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