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Greenberg Learning Front Office While Still Looking at Field

September 25, 2013 |

April 21, 1948

The last few months have been eventful for long-time big leaguer Hank Greenberg.

The Cleveland Indians spent the majority of the spring trying to determine what capacity Hammering Hank would serve with the ball club. He entered Spring Training as a potential candidate to fill one of the vacancies on the roster. As the spring progressed, the need for him to play the field appeared to be less and less the focus of the team.

With a new title and a new emphasis on working at the higher levels of the organization, has the playing career of the legendary Greenberg come to an end?

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Boudreau Opens Season on Veeck’s Hot Seat

September 22, 2013 |

April 18, 1948

Cleveland fans are nothing if not loyal to their Tribe and its players. Their loyalty might have saved Lou Boudreau’s job and earned themselves a few beers this offseason.

Last October, during the World Series, it is believed Indians owner Bill Veeck floated the idea of trading Boudreau to the St. Louis Browns during the winter. After hitting .307 and leading the American League with 45 doubles in 1947, Boudreau’s value as a player has never been higher. His third-place finish for the AL Most Valuable Player award confirms the notion.

The discussion, allegedly at Toots Shor’s restaurant in Manhattan, was off the record, but eventually found its way into a Chicago newspaper. Boudreau’s hometown newspaper was surprised by the rumor, but when the Cleveland media found out, fans were outraged.

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It’s Time to Bring Cleveland a Winner

September 1, 2013 |

Cleveland needs a winner.

Cleveland sports fans are unique in many ways, loyal to their teams when most fans would have abandoned ship a long time ago. The town has not had a playoff team in any sport since 2010 and hosts a generation of heartache for most fans that dates back to the early 1980s. It seems ESPN and other sports networks have Cleveland’s pain saved in their reels and ready to press play as soon as it becomes applicable again.

But there was a time when Cleveland was on top of the sports world. The major markets weren’t quite good enough to take down Cleveland in hockey, football or baseball, and the city held championships in each sport.

The year was 1948.

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Tigers Legend Helped Build Indians of the 1950s

August 23, 2013 |

He was the original Hammerin’ Hank. In the less enlightened time when he played, he was also known as the Hebrew Hammer.

But after a lengthy and successful career – almost exclusively with the Detroit Tigers – Hank Greenberg came to Cleveland and left his mark on the Indians.

After the 1947 season – the only one he played with the Pittsburgh Pirates – Greenberg’s playing career ended. He retired with a career .313 batting average and 331 home runs – a number which could have vastly increased had Greenberg not lost the bulk of four seasons to service in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

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New Veeck Book Chronicles His Wacky Life

August 7, 2012 |

Bill Veeck is known for many things.

In Cleveland, he’s remembered as the owner of the last Indians team to win a World Series. He installed the ivy at Wrigley Field and an exploding scoreboard at Comiskey Park. And in St. Louis, he sent a midget up as a pinch-hitter and let fans manage a game.

He was also a veteran of World War II and in his own words wasn’t handicapped, but a cripple, losing a leg piece by piece over a period of years.

He was also a champion of integration, signing Larry Doby and Satchel Paige to the Indians.

Paul Dickson presents those facets of Veeck – and more – in a new book, “Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick,” published by Walker & Company. Dickson, the author of more than 40 books, has written about baseball before, including compilations like “Baseball’s Greatest Quotes” and “The Unwritten Rules of Baseball,” and has written books on history, on topics such as the Bonus Army and Sputnik. But he had never tackled a project like a biography of Bill Veeck.

“It’s a true American biography,” Dickson said. “A lot of people said, ‘It’s a baseball book.’ It’s a baseball book, but it’s also about America. “

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