The Gashouse Gang : How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series, and America's Heart, During the Great Depression
With The Gashouse Gang , John Heidenry delivers the definitive account of one the greatest and most colourful baseball teams of all times, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, filled with larger-than-life baseball personalities like Branch Rickey, Leo Durocher, Pepper Martin, Casey Stengel, Satchel Paige, Frankie Frisch, and,especially, the eccentric good ol' boy and great pitcher Dizzy Dean and his brother Paul. The year 1934 marked the lowest point of the Great Depression, when the U.S. went off the gold standard, banks collapsed by the score, and millions of Americans were out of work. Epic baseball feats offered welcome relief from the hardships of daily life. The Gashouse Gang, the brilliant culmination of a dream by its general manager, Branch Rickey, the first to envision a farm system that would acquire and "educate" young players in the art of baseball, was adored by the nation, who saw itself,scruffy, proud, and unbeatable,in the Gang. Based on original research and told in entertaining narrative style, The Gashouse Gang brings a bygone era and a cast full of vivid personalities to life and unearths a treasure trove of baseball lore that will delight any fan of the great American pastime.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 139.7 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
- 29 Apr 2008
- INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
- New York, United States
- 8 pp. B&W photo insert on text
About John Heidenry
John Heidenry is a native of St. Louis and was the founding editor, in 1977, of St. Louis magazine and the St. Louis Literary Supplement. He is currently the Executive Editor of The Week. The author of several previous books, he lives in New York City.
Our customer reviews
Heidenry has produced a terrific book, a worthy testament to the Gashouse Gang and a brilliant read for baseball fans. Naturally the book will appeal to Cardinals folk most of all, but it remains a good read for any fan of the game, or any fan nostalgic for Dizzy Dean. As a history it opens little new ground, and is constructed entirely from secondary sources. But it's impossible to hold this against the author. One gets the sense that he had the time of his life going through old clippings folders and previous literature, and he has taken us along for the ride. One of the things most to be admired about this book is its pacing. Heidenry takes his time bringing the players together, and then quickens the pace, galloping through the early part of the 1934 season before slowing down and taking in the final Cardinals dive down the stretch to take an unlikely pennant win away from the very jaws of the New York Giants. When the series begins, he slows dramatically, giving us an innings-by-innings, and in some cases a pitch-by-pitch account of the action, building towards the drama of game seven and the exultant third inning, which made victory inevitable. A thoroughly enjoyable read.show moreby Anthony Marinac