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by Peter Golenbock

No metropolis in America has more pure baseball spirit than St. Louis, Missouri. It's a love affair that began in 1874, when a band of local boosters raised $20,000 to start a professional ball club, and the honeymoon still isn't over. Now Peter Golenbock, the bestselling author and master of baseball oral history, has written another remarkable saga enriched by extensive and incomparable remembrances from the scores of players, managers, and executives who lived it.

These pages capture the voices of Branch Rickey on George Sisler. Rogers Hornsby and his creation of the farm system. Hornsby on Grover Cleveland Alexander -- and Alexander on Hornsby. Dizzy Dean on -- who else? -- Dizzy Dean. And so many others including "The Man" himself, Stan Musial; Eldon Auker, Ellis Clary, Denny Galehouse, and Don Gutteridge on the 1940s Browns; Brooks Lawrence, the second man to cross the Cardinals' color line; Jim Bronsnan, the first man to break the players' "code of silence"; Tommy Herr, Darrell Porter, and Joe McGrane on Whitey Herzog's Cardinals; and Cardinal owner Bill DeWitt, Jr., on the team today.

Download The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns epub
ISBN: 0380798808
ISBN13: 978-0380798803
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Miscellaneous
Author: Peter Golenbock
Language: English
Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (April 10, 2001)
Pages: 672 pages
ePUB size: 1592 kb
FB2 size: 1220 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 636
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I was so inspired by some stories about the old days in St. Louis when the Cardinals and Browns shared Sportsman's Park. Although I admired Bill Veeck and believe he was way ahead of his time in baseball, such as interleague play which is now a staple of the game, Bill went too far when he sent a midget to the plate as a pinch hitter. Baseball has never tolerated travesties and shouldn't at that time. But Bill's main error in my view, as Browns owner, was to try to run the more established Cardinals out of town. As a lifelong Cardinal fan, even though I have no other personal ties to St. Louis, this time Bill went too far. He was truly, as the title of his biography suggests, "Veeck as in Wreck."
Got this for my brother for Christmas! He is a huge Cardinals fan and LOVED getting this book! It has great pictures & lots of interesting information!
This was a gift for a 90-year old, St Louis Cardinal fan, and he loved it. It includes information on the Browns as well.
An excellent overview of baseball in St.Louis. The author uses an oral history approach, often letting the major leaguers speak for themselves. Even at 600 pages, it's a quick, attention-grabbing read. A great read not only for fans of St. Louis baseball, but baseball fans in general.
once a brownie fan...always a... no matter that they are no longer with us.
Peter Golenbock interviews and stitches together a fantastic oral history of the St Louis Cardinals and Browns. A great read with lots of insightful perspective, I highly recommend this book and any other that Mr Golenbock has written. No matter the subject, he has a brilliant way of making it a MUST read!
Author Peter Golenbock covers St. Louis baseball from the late 1800's thru the end of the 20th Century. Readers learn about teams, pennants, and personalities, often via first-person accounts. We learn about top Cardinal stars from Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, and Stan Musial, to Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Ozzie Smith and Mark McGwire. Then there were those tense pennant races where the Cardinals won out or just missed at the end. Readers also learn about the old St. Louis Browns (1902-1953), doormats of the American League, but who did win the 1944 pennant on the last day of the season - playing before their only sellout ever in Busch Stadium. Equally important were owners and front-office figures like Branch Rickey, Sam Beardon, Fred Saigh, Augie Busch, Bill Veeck, Bing Devine, etc. We see that Rickey was visionary but a notorious cheapskate, that the hard-luck Browns often played to miniscule crowds (drawing just 81,000 fans in 1935), and that prior to 1967 even the more popular Cardinals drew modest attendances. I particularly enjoyed reading of the Browns 1944 pennant winner, but others will no doubt prefer the far heavier coverage of the Cardinals, winners of 15 pennants (most in the National League) from 1926 to 1987 (with four more from 2004-2013).

Published in 2000, this book suffers a couple minor factual errors (the 1964 World Series opened in St. Louis, Busch Stadium opened with real grass), and the author ignored the the Browns' 1922 season when George Sisler batted .420 and they lost the pennant to Babe Ruth's Yankees by one game. Also, the player remembrances sometimes run too long. Still, this is an informative and readable effort.
Growing up in suburban St Louis in the '50s and '60s, I was fortunate to have witnessed a great deal of baseball history, with great players such as Musial, Gibson, Boyer, Brock and Cepeda providing some thrilling memories; Peter Golenbock's chronicle of St Louis baseball - both the Cardinals and the Browns - is an interesting historical perspective on a highly successful franchise (the Cards) and one that was on the opposite end of the spectrum (the Browns).

Strangely enough, the Browns were the original toast of the town, winning American Association championships for four consecutive seasons back in the 1880s, led by a pack of colorful and mostly dirty ballplayers who would do anything to win; and they were quite successful in their early endeavors, led by a young Charles Comiskey, who later went on to a certain amount of notoriety as the tight wad owner of the Chicago White Sox (aka Black Sox) a few decades later. Whether or not you liked his tactics, there's no doubt he had one of the sharpest baseball minds in the history of the game.

Golenback does a worthy job of cramming an enormous amount of baseball history into his work; there was a lot to rehash, although most of the stories are fairly mundane for anyone who's followed the Cardinals for as long as I have. With 651 pages of material, he certainly packs a great deal of information for the baseball fan to digest; although the editing was sloppy at times, almost to the point of absurdity (the caption under Bing Devine's picture read "Gussie Busch", while the caption under Gussie Busch's picture read "Bing Devine"); still, the essence of the book was enjoyable, and generally informative.

The book's chronology takes us through the 20th century, when Mark McGwires was still considered the King of St Louis, and the exploits of the great Albert Pujols were yet to commence; not to mention the recent postseason success the team has enjoyed during the current millennium, including the team's 2006 World Series championship; as a Cards fan, I certainly savor the team's remarkable success over the past decade.

If you're a St Louis baseball fan, this book would be a nice addition to your personal "baseball library". Although Golenbock doesn't quite hit a home run with this effort, it's still a solid base hit in my league.