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A biographical dictionary of major league baseball managers
Skipper, John C., 1945-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

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ix, 370 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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GV865.A1 S5158 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In this dictionary of major league baseball managers John C. Skipper provides biographical details of more than 500 men who have managed teams over the past 125 years. The examples cited cover managers of widely varying levels of competence.

Author Notes

John C. Skipper is a newspaper journalist and onetime general manager of a minor league baseball team lives in Mason City, Iowa.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

All libraries serving adolescent through adult populations will benefit from this focused reference work that covers managers in the major leagues of baseball--National Association of Professional Baseball Players, American League, Union League, Players League, American Association, Federal League, and National League, with the notable exception of the Negro Leagues--from 1871 on. In entries ranging from a few lines to two pages, biographical details on each manager include dates of birth and death, playing record, and managing record, including years, team(s), won-loss record(s), winning percentage(s), and final standing(s). A World Series record is included when applicable. The narrative on each manager provides well-written, insightful commentary on specific achievements both inside and outside baseball. The author's exhaustive work shows thorough research, with quotes from a large percentage of managers. One bit on George Tweedy Stallings reads Stalling's short fuse was often lit when his pitchers became wild and put runners on base via walks. He died of heart disease nine years after he retired. Reportedly, when his health was deteriorating rapidly, a friend asked how he developed heart trouble. \lquote Oh, those bases on balls,' said Stallings. Skipper (ironically, the author's name is also the generic nickname for a baseball manager, so destiny might be in play here) demonstrates a thorough grasp of manager skills, including scouting, strategy, pitcher management, authority control level, lefty-righty percentages, defensive signals, interpersonal relations, feud relationships (think Steinbrenner-Berra), trade savvy, oration skills, money management, and vision. Black-and-white pictures; appendixes of various types, including team-by-team manager chronologies; an index; and a strong bibliography complete this work, which is an obvious labor of love. Recommended for baseball history collections in public and academic libraries; beyond libraries, the wealth of general sporting knowledge in this work could be applied by a team manager of any sport at any level. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

From the legendary Connie Mack (7,878 games) to Ted Turner's one-game experiment (he lost), this collective biography profiles more than 600 major league managers. Entries are similar to those in Skipper's A Biographical Dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame (CH, May00): a biographical sketch, followed by major league managerial statistics--year, team, win-loss record, winning percentage, and final league standing. Postseason records are included. Coverage begins in 1871 and, besides today's American and National Leagues, includes earlier "major" leagues--the National Association, American Association, Union Association, Federal League, and Players League. Appendixes provide lists of most and fewest games managed, wins and winning percentage, and managers sorted chronologically by team. There are typographical and factual errors, and coverage is not consistent; e.g., for active managers, statistics for some are provided through the 2002 season while others end with 2001 or 2000. Managerial records and biographies can be readily found in other printed and electronic resources, but the combination Skipper provides is harder to find. Summing Up: Recommended. Baseball collections only. R. Nash University of Nebraska at Omaha

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
The Managersp. 7
Appendix A Most and Fewest Games Managedp. 345
Appendix B Wins and Winning Percentagep. 348
Appendix C Chronological Roster of Managersp. 349
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 359