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Bottom of the Ninth

Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself

Michael Shapiro

St. Martin's Griffin

"A fascinating look at an almost forgotten era . . . One of the best baseball books of recent seasons." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

In Bottom of the Ninth, Michael Shapiro brings to life a watershed moment in baseball history, when baseball was under seige in the late 1950s. He reveals how the legendary executive Branch Rickey saw the game's salvation in two radical ideas: the creation of a third major league—the Continental League—and the pooling of television revenues for the benefit of all. And Shapiro captures the audacity of Casey Stengel, the manager of the Yankees, who believed that he could remake how baseball was played.

The story of their ingenious schemes—and of the powerful men who tried to thwart them—is interwoven with the on-field drama of pennant races and clutch performances, culminating in the stunning climax of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series, when one swing of the bat heralds baseball's eclipse as America's number-one sport. 

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  • Michael Shapiro is the author of The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together. A professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, he is the author of five previous books, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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Bottom of the Ninth

Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself

Michael Shapiro

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