Baseball Skippers and Their Crews
by Thomas W. Brucato
List Price: $42.50
Category: Sports History
Pub Date: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover (8.5″ x 11″), 368 pages
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(review of the first edition)
…a good addition to any baseball history collection.
Booklist, October 15, 2007
Since 1871, there have been over 690 managers and 1500 coaches in the major leagues. In Baseball Skippers and Their Crews, Tom Brucato documents the lives and records of all of them. Many managers were coaches and even players but it is the distinction of being the “Skipper” that sets them apart from even the great players. The manager must bring talents to the game that go beyond the individual skills of each player or coach – who concentrates on a given area of the game. In the early days of the game, many managers served in the dual post of player and manager, without the support of coaches and other specialists. If the team fails, it is the “Skipper” who takes the full responsibility.
Among those who have reached this pinnacle of baseball leadership are some who were players, coaches, sportswriters, minor league but not major league players, former or future umpires and even a few who never played professional baseball. You will find them all here in this fascinating history of baseball managers and coaches.
Thomas W. Brucato is a fiercely loyal Cincinnati Reds’ fan and the author of several reference books on baseball and other sports. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Julie.