No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression (Longert)

I really enjoyed this. I think it was probably the right remedy after the team’s amazing World Series run came up short. Longert writes well, both about baseball and about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the game, like the negotiations to create a new stadium and the somewhat illicit signing of Bob Feller. This was the time when owners were flirting with radio broadcasts and night baseball, and they had to be concerned about the impact of the Depression on the prospects of their sport’s survival.

To his credit, Longert does well to choose his details. In so many baseball books, the authors report on too many details of too many games. Longert is more selective, sometimes only recounting key moments of pivotal games. I was sorry when this book ended. I hope Longert will dig into another period of the Indians’ history soon.


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