A Hall of Fame sportsriter analyzes managers' stragegies
CONTENTSPreface to the Expanded EditionIntroductionPart I: The Creators1. The Antecedents2. John McGraw3. Connie Mack4. Branch RickeyPart II: The Developers5. Miller Huggins6. Joe McCarthy7. Bill McKechnie8. Casey StengelPart III: The Descendents9. Leo Durocher10. Al Lopez11. Frank Frisch12. Paul Richards13. Loose EndsPart IV: The Moderns14. Walter Alston15. Ralph Houk16. Alvin Dark17. Billy Martin18. Dick Williams19. Earl Weaver20. Sparky Anderson21. Tommy Lasorda22. The Rest of the Story23. Looking AheadA Final WordAppendixIndex
Leonard Koppett has been writing about baseball since the 1940s (his earliest memories include seeing Babe Ruth hit and John McGraw manage) for the New York City newspapers, the San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, and The Sporting News. He is author of half a dozen baseball books including Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball (Temple). He is the winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Koppett is the only sportswriter named to the writers' wing of both baseball and basketball Halls of Fame.
"Leonard Koppett is the perfect man to write a book about managers. He could've been a terrific manager if he hadn't decided to become a terrific sportswriter. Koppett understands people. He is a master of analysis, statistical or theoretical." --Dick Schaap "Long before the 'scholarly' study of baseball became something of a cottage industry, Leonard Koppett was out there doing it on his own with his keen reporter's eye, tireless research, and logical mind. Through the years, reading Koppett has been a joy and an education." --Bob Costas "What a pleasure it is to read Leonard Koppett on the history and science--no, make that Art, with a capital A--of managing a major-league baseball team." --Robert W. Creamer, author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, Stengel, and Baseball in '41 "Nobody in sports has ever provided your brain with a better workout than Leonard Koppett. To borrow from the old E. F. Hutton spot, 'When Leonard Koppett talks, I listen--very, very attentively.'" --Al Michaels