And the Skipper Bats Cleanup

A History of the Baseball Player-Manager, with 42 Biographies of Men Who Filled the Dual Role


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About the Book

At least as far back as 1842 through about the late 1930s and mid–1940s, before baseball became commercialized and teams were able to hire one man to manage the entire team, it was not uncommon for one person to fill the roles of player and manager simultaneously. Often, the strongest, brightest, or best player—or sometimes the person who owned the playing equipment—directed his teammates.
Forty-two of those men who were both players and managers at the same time are profiled in this work. The book leads off with chapters describing what it was like to fill the dual role and how it came about. Then, chapters are devoted to such men as Cap Anson, Connie Mack, Charles Comiskey, John McGraw, Mickey Cochrane, Dave Bancroft, Ty Cobb, Mel Ott, Joe Cronin, and Pete Rose, just to name a few.

About the Author(s)

The late Fred Stein was a retired federal official and environmental consultant and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research since 1976. He wrote written three books on the Giants and contributed articles to USA Today Baseball Weekly and the SABR publications. A native New Yorker, he lived in Springfield, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Fred Stein
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1228-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6267-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“[an] informed, insightful study”—Library Journal; “engagingly written…valuable…recommended”—Choice; “a nice job of blending anecdotes with a smattering of statistics to tell the story of a near-forgotten piece of baseball lore”—Baseball America.