The Veracity of Veeck

By Norman L. Macht and Robert D. Warrington

This article was published in the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.

In his excellent biography of Bill Veeck, author Paul Dickson tackles the controversy over whether National League president Ford Frick and/or Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis blocked Veeck’s attempt to buy the Phillies in 1942 and field a team of players from the Negro Leagues, as Veeck alleges in his 1962 book, Veeck—as in Wreck. Dickson’s take: the story is true. His evidence: Several sources testify that Veeck told them of his plans at the time. Veeck told the story in numerous interviews before the book was published. Veeck . . .

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