Becoming Big League
Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics
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- Published: April 2013
- Subject Listing: Western History, Sports
- Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 30 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: World
Becoming Big League is the story of Seattle's relationship with major league baseball from the 1962 World's Fair to the completion of the Kingdome in 1976 and beyond. Bill Mullins focuses on the acquisition and loss, after only one year, of the Seattle Pilots and documents their on-the-field exploits in lively play-by-play sections.
The Pilots' underfunded ownership, led by Seattle's Dewey and Max Soriano and William Daley of Cleveland, struggled to make the team a success. They were savvy baseball men, but they made mistakes and wrangled with the city. By the end of the first season, the team was in bankruptcy. The Pilots were sold to a contingent from Milwaukee led by Bud Selig, who moved the franchise to Wisconsin and rechristened the team the Brewers.
Becoming Big League describes the character of Seattle in the 1960s and 1970s, explains how the operation of a major league baseball franchise fits into the life of a city, charts Seattle's long history of fraught stadium politics, and examines the business of baseball.
Bill Mullins received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is professor emeritus of history at Oklahoma Baptist University. He lives in Federal Way, Washington.
"Bill Mullins has taken a novel and very fresh approach to an important and fascinating chapter in Seattle sports history." -David S. Eskenazi
"Becoming Big League is the story of much more than the ill-fated Seattle Pilots' 1969 season. Bill Mullins rekindles
memories of the boys of that summer including Tommy Davis, Ray Oyler, and Jim Bouton. Mullins deftly explores
an important moment in Seattle's history when in fits and starts a group of entrepreneurs and city leaders helped take
the city from a small town to the big leagues." -Dale Soden, Whitworth University
"Becoming Big League is written with a verve and wit that makes the most of all the engaging and/or exasperating characters involved." - Carl Abbott, Portland State University
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hwhl5sLoQsandlist=UUge4MONgLFncQ1w1C_BnHcwandindex=1andfeature=plcp