By George Gmelch
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Jacques Barzun famously steered, "Whoever desires to recognize the guts and brain of the US had greater study baseball . .. " much less famous, even though, is the remainder of his admonition: ". .. and do it via staring at first a few highschool and small city groups. "
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Baseball in the USA and the US in Baseball belongs at the book-shelf of any avid pupil of the sport and its background. It additionally presents attention-grabbing glimpses into the sociology of activity in the USA.
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Previous page page_45 next page > < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 The next year I went to spring training and had a great spring and made the Double A club, which was San Antonio in the Texas League. Looking back on my career, I wish that I hadn't made that club. I would have been better off going back to Lodi with a new bunch of players and having a good year. At San Antonio we had a terrible team and were thirty games out of first place by July. And the club didn't care. Winning wasn't a priority with them.
He'll be taken [in the draft] before your club gets a pick. So you move down to a lower level and try to find some guys your club would have a chance for. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Hep Cronin also is also responsible for nine minor league teams in the Southern League and the Florida State League. He must watch each of his teams play five times. He tries to plan his trips according to when his teams are playing one another. At the time of this interview, he was in Birmingham to watch the Barons play the Huntsville Stars in a four-game series.
He was like a father to me and he said that $10,000 was not big time, that once I had spent it, it would be gone. He said I would do better going to college. I talked to my uncle, Mel Wright, who was Bill Virdon's pitching coach. He used to stop by and see us in Ocala on his way to spring training. He told me how difficult it was to get to the big leagues, that many who signed [contracts] ended up with nothing, no job and no education. So I didn't sign. Coming out of high school, I wanted to go to the University of < previous page page_43 next page > < previous page page_44 next page > Page 44 Florida.