Claudette Burke, librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, provided the impetus for this book. She suggested that I examine the New York Yankees’ financial records held in the museum’s archives. Her suggestion was certainly fruitful.
Professor Louis Cain of Loyola University of Chicago was another source of inspiration, when he suggested a decade ago that I pursue another subject, such as the economics of professional sports, after completing my book on the Union Navy’s blockade during the American Civil War. His suggestion, too, was astute.
George Rugg, curator of the Joyce Sports Collection at Notre Dame University, provided me with relevant sports periodicals, such as Baseball Magazine and the Sporting News, access to the Philadelphia Phillies’ financial records, and team scorecards. As with my book on baseball during the postwar era, George’s contributions loom large.
Mark Watson and Thomas Stave of the University of Oregon Knight Library provided encouragement and assistance in locating government materials, among other kindnesses.
Professor Erik Craft, of the University of Richmond, assisted me in locating weather data for New York City during the 1930s.
The University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration provided a teaching reduction for Fall 2008 and funding for research. The college also provided funding for presentations at the So