The Wizard of Waxahachie

The Wizard of Waxahachie

Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It

Book - 2009
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One of the most influential--and controversial--figures in baseball of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Paul Richards was a player, manager, and general manager, a participant in many of the historic changes that marked "the end of baseball as we knew it." Richards managed the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles--laying the foundation for the Orioles' championship clubs of the 1960s and 1970s--and built the expansion Houston team from scratch. Best known for inventing the giant mitt for knuckleball catchers, Richards was also the first manager to track on-base percentage and the first to monitor pitch counts. He constantly experimented with tactics and strategies, and he preached the need for constant practice of the game's fundamentals.

Drawing on Richards's writings and personal papers, plus previously undiscovered audio recordings, Warren Corbett chronicles the life and times of the baseball wizard who left an indelible mark on America's national pastime.



 
Publisher: Dallas : Southern Methodist University Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780870745560
0870745565
Characteristics: xv, 430 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Lovelybone01 Jul 28, 2012

i love this .from this book i learn some history .

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Lovelybone01 Jul 28, 2012

Lovelybone01 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 19 and 17

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Lovelybone01 Jul 28, 2012

People who read this space on any sort of semi-regular basis have probably noticed two themes in my writing for THT. First, I like to do book reviews. In fact, this is my 11th one for the site. Second, I like writing about managers. Heck, I wrote my own book on them - Evaluating Baseball's Managers, 1876-2008 - which is supposed to be out by/around Christmas.

Given these interests, it shouldn't be at all surprising that I'm reviewing a book on a manager. The Wizard of Waxahachie by Warren Corbett is about Paul Richards, one of the more original figures in baseball history. He began as a marginal major league player who rose up the ranks until serving as general manager in a professional baseball career that stretched from the 1920s until his death in the 1980s.

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