The Wizard of Waxahachie
Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew ItBook - 2009
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.
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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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