Publisher description for Grasping the ring II : nine people who matter / by Gene A. Budig ; foreword by Thomas Curley.


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Gene A. Budig tells the personalized stories of nine exceptional Americans-people who knew what they wanted in life and followed difficult paths to achieve admirable ends.
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In this sequel to his earlier book, Grasping the Ring, Budig profiles Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball’s Jackie Robinson and a remarkable woman in her own right; Bill Veeck, a showman and owner of three baseball teams who helped teach fans how to laugh and have fun at the ballpark; Bob Costas, the longtime sports announcer and commentator; Gene Autry, the “Singing Cowboy,” former owner of the California Angels, and noted philanthropist; Bob Gibson, a Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals known as a fierce competitor; Billy Beane, a well-known baseball insider made famous in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball; Jerry West, one of professional basketball’s all-time finest players; Stan Kasten, one of the great minds in baseball and current president of the Washington Nationals; and Bud Selig, the current commissioner of Major League Baseball.
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What emerges in Budig’s engaging narrative is that these individuals were ahead of their time, and these essays paint a vivid and sometimes troubling picture of what they endured to become leaders of stature.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States -- Biography.
Coaches (Athletics) -- United States -- Biography.
Politicians -- United States -- Biography.
Businessmen -- United States -- Biography.
Athletes -- United States -- Biography.
Successful people -- United States -- Biography.