Wins, Losses, and Empty Seats: How Baseball Outlasted the Great Depression

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Appendix 2
Dramatis Personae

Phil Ball: Owner of the St. Louis Browns until his death in 1932. He claimed he rarely turned a profit on the club.

E. S. Barnard: American League president from 1928–31.

Donald Barnes: Owner of the St. Louis Browns. Barnes wanted to relocate the hapless Browns to Los Angeles but was thwarted by the Japanese Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

Edward Barrow: General manager of the New York Yankees. He presaged Billy Beane and other modern general managers who emphasized getting patient sluggers.

Sam Breadon: Owner of the St. Louis Cardinals until 1947.

Walter Briggs: Owner of the Detroit Tigers from 1920 to 1952.

Ty Cobb: Greatest hitter and base runner of the “Dead Ball Era.” He was a savvy investor who died rich and a known curmudgeon. He was more fortunate than Babe Ruth in the actors chosen to portray him (Tommy Lee Jones played Cobb, while William Bendix and John Goodman played Ruth).

Mickey Cochrane: Star catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers. He became the player-manager for the Tigers and helped the team to pennants in 1934 and 1935 before a severe beaning and emotional problems derailed his career.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Prologue Clash of Titans 1
  • 1- The Financial Side of the Game 5
  • 1- The American Economy and the State of Baseball Profits 7
  • 2- Why Did Profits Collapse? the Revenue Side 27
  • 3- Why Did Profits Collapse? Player Salaries and Other Expenses 59
  • 4- Farm Systems 95
  • Conclusion of Economic Side 109
  • 2- The Game on the Field 111
  • 5- Competitive Balance 113
  • 6- Player Movement 131
  • 3- Using League Rules to Aid in the Recovery 157
  • 7- Helping the Indigent 159
  • 8- Manipulating the Schedule to Increase Revenue 169
  • 4- Innovations to Boost Attendance and Profits 195
  • 9- Radio and Baseball 197
  • 10- Baseball under the Lights 219
  • 11- Other Innovations 247
  • 12- How Effective Were the Innovations? 279
  • 13- The Inept and the Restless Franchise Relocation 285
  • Epilogue the End of An Era 301
  • Appendix 1- Radio and Sunday Ball's Effect on Attendance 307
  • Appendix 2- Dramatis Personae 309
  • Appendix of Tables 315
  • Notes 353
  • Bibliography 399
  • Index 405
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