Becoming Big League
Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics
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.
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"The story of how major league sports finally came to Seattle—and then left after only one year. Stadium politics remain at the heart of Seattle's ongoing struggle with sports, even nearly fifty years later, as the city vies for an NBA team."—Publishers Weekly, January 2013
"Any person going through the turnstiles, any person in an already established MLB city, and anyone who finds themselves in a potential city considered for expansion have an indelible resource for reference in Mullins’ work."—Matthew J. Bartkowiak, The Journal of Popular Culture
"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 written with a verve and wit that makes the most of all the engaging and/or exasperating characters involved."—Carl Abbott, Portland State University
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