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My Life in the Front Offices of Baseball

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About the Book

Lou Gorman is best known for having assembled the great but star-crossed Red Sox team of 1986. Few, perhaps, know that he also laid the foundation for the Mets club that clawed past them. Or that he is the only baseball executive involved in the start-up of two teams (the expansion Mariners and Royals), that he won a World Series with the Orioles, or that he has drafted Roger Clemens, signed George Brett, developed Jim Palmer, and traded away Jeff Bagwell. In all, Gorman has spent parts of five decades in the front offices of five major league franchises, directly involved in the development of clubs that won three World Series, five pennants and eight division titles. The stories behind those teams and Gorman’s dealings with players, managers, and other of baseball’s higher-ups are shared here for the first time.

About the Author(s)

The late Lou Gorman was a Hall of Famer and award winner and had over 36 years of player personnel experience and 44 years in professional baseball. He was an executive consultant for the Boston Red Sox and lived in Weston, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Lou Gorman
Foreword by Bill Reynolds]
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: 33 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3163-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2974-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

1. HOW IT ALL BEGAN      5

2. THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES

The Beginning of a Baseball Education      37

3. THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS

The Birth of an Expansion Team      78

4. THE SEATTLE MARINERS

Starting All Over Again with Danny Kaye      137

5. THE NEW YORK METS

Developing a World Championship Team      184

6. THE RED SOX CHALLENGE

You Can Go Home Again      211

7. THE GAME TODAY

A Game in Transition      239

Index      263

Book Reviews & Awards

“a great look at a large hunk of Major League history”—Sports Collectors Digest.