Front cover image for The gashouse gang : how Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and their colorful, come-from-behind ball club won the World Series-and America's heart-during the Great Depression

The gashouse gang : how Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and their colorful, come-from-behind ball club won the World Series-and America's heart-during the Great Depression

This book is the definitive and rollicking story of one of the best, and one of the wackiest, teams of all time, during one of the most vital eras in baseball. With The Gashouse Gang, John Heidenry delivers the definitive account of one the greatest and most colorful baseball teams of all times, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, filled with larger-than-life baseball personalities like Branch Rickey, Leo Durocher, Pepper Martin, Casey Stengel, Satchel Paige, Frankie Frisch, and-especially-the eccentric good ol' boy and great pitcher Dizzy Dean and his brother Paul. The year 1934 marked the lowest point of the Great Depression, when the U.S. went off the gold standard, banks collapsed by the score, and millions of Americans were out of work. Epic baseball feats offered welcome relief from the hardships of daily life. The Gashouse Gang, the brilliant culmination of a dream by its general manager, Branch Rickey, the first to envision a farm system that would acquire and "educate" young players in the art of baseball, was adored by the nation, who saw itself-scruffy, proud, and unbeatable-in the Gang. - Publisher
Print Book, English, ©2007
Public Affairs, New York, ©2007