yet another book thread

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by GoT, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. GoT

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    The Continental League by Russell Buhite

    Buhite was one of the few players to actually play for the CL. The 1960 Western Carolinas League operated within Organized Baseball aka The Horsehide Cartel. Buhite revived his stalled baseball career when given the opportunity to quickly play in the Third Major League of baseball. The Continental League.

    Branch Rickey was the President of the CL. Some of the same people behind the successful AFL were money behind the CL. The original 5 CL cities organized by Rickey in the summer of 1959 were NY ( only Yankees remained ), Houston, Minneapolis, Denver & Toronto. Winter of 1959 saw owners in Atlanta, Dallas & Buffalo round out this Third Major League of Baseball.

    The CL attempted to form their league WITHIN organized baseball, but ultimately were just led along until the horsehide cartel could snipe their best owners ( Shea of NY & the Houston group ). The only actual baseball ever played by the CL was the revived WCL ( Western Carolinas League ) where ALL teams & Players were controlled by the CL & Rickey. The thought was every winter there would be a draft involving every player not under multi-year contract.

    What could have been a third 8 team Major League, with liberal free agency & revenue sharing ( no mention of a CAP of any sort ) devolved into the horsehide cartel taking Minneapolis by moving the Senator ownership group there in 1960. DC got an expansion team in 61 that eventually moved to Dallas ( Rangers ). New York & Houston were the MLB expansion teams and both were CL cities with NY Mets actually having CL ownership in Shea. Eventually all but one of the CL cities became MLB cities with the exception being Buffalo.


    This is an esoteric subject and the book was not cheap, but it interested me. Anyone who thinks politics & sports used to be nice and pure should read this. The Horsehide Cartel was as two faced and manipulative as any group of people ever have been.
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  2. GrayGhost1951

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    Every one of his books is good. If you like Lee Child you might like Harlan Coben. The best author I have ever read is Nelson DeMille. He has a several one of a kind type books, then a trilogy of sorts with a smart ass former NYC detective hunting terrorists. Lots of funny one liners (when his plane arrived, he asked the pilot - did we land or were we shot down?), and good drama. Start with "The Panther". You will get hooked.
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  3. Gunny

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    I'll give them a look
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  4. The Hammer

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    Millennial v Boomer book by Lauren Southern.

    Basically how Boomers have screwed everything for Millennials. Very thought provoking:

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    An interview with Southern:
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  5. GoT

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    The NASCAR Way by Robert Hagstrom of The Warren Buffett Way fame

    the book is 20 years old so is kinda weird in many ways. Dale Earnhardt is talked about in the present tense as an example. BUT the book is not about racing it is about the business of racing and was written just before NASCAR went from pig to hog ( 'I'm just telling you: Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered' - Mark Cuban ).

    Book describes how the France family owned and ran entity that is NASCAR operates businesswise. Tracks are independent and can do what they want but NASCAR contracts run year to year so tracks do what NASCAR wants because of the $. NASCAR provides the track everything required to put on a NASCAR race in return for a piece of the action - all the action but just a piece.

    Basically NASCAR connects sponsors with tracks & teams and tracks and teams operate at the pleasure of NASCAR. NASCAR does make sure everything is fair as possible and ensures that the tracks & teams all have an opportunity at success - but not a guarantee of success. Book prominently mentioned the NASCAR website ( again like that is a big deal but it was in 1998 ). Also gave big mention to Washington Irving Motorsports and how amazingly awesome that was going to be

    anyways the book was about the interconnections between the sponsors/tracks/teams and NASCAR
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    If anyone bought kindle ebooks between 2010 and 2012 there's been an antitrust settlement and you might have some amazon credit you don't know about. It expires tomorrow though. Go to this link to check:

    https://www.amazon.com/b?node=14741166011
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  7. GoT

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    The Hedge Knight by Martin, Avery, Miller & Crowell

    A Game of Thrones graphic novel prequel


    firmly set 100 years before GoT this graphic novel sees the Targaryans at the height of their power and the setting is a jousting tournament. Our hero is new to all this Hedge Knight stuff and we learn along with him the rules of chivalry in the world of GoT.


    I quite enjoyed it
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  8. Gunny

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    I finished the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson which was really good and just started The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, a historial fiction set in 19th century England.
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  9. GoT

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    how will Crichton do that without dinosaurs or alien viruses ???
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  10. Gunny

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    This was written in '75, long before his dino-love.
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