Baseball As I Have Known It Author:Lieb, Fred The dean of baseball writers celebrates seven decades covering the field of play-its heroes, its rogues, and its abiding glory-in this legacy to our national sport. — Fred Lieb has seen it all, from Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner to Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench. Since his earliest recollections of Philadeplhia scorecard boys in the 1890s, baseball ha... more »s been Mr. Lieb's first love and profession. He broke in as a baseball writer in the Polo Grounds press box in 1911 with a brilliant freshman class of Grantland Rice, Heywood Broun, and Damon Runyon.
By the time he was serving as chief scorer for the World Series of 1922-1924 and also as national president of the Baseball Writers Association, Lieb was working for the New York Post. He remained with the paper until 1933 when, in the midst of the Depression, all reporters earning more than $100 per week were fired. Lieb's financial well-being came then partly as a result of his organizing a very successful exhibition tour of Japan for a team of major league all-star players.
Lieb's colorful reminiscence calls up the great men and the memorable events he followed through the years: the irascible Ty Cobb; the culprits of the Black Sox scandal; the magnificent Tankees of the '20s and '30s, led by Babe Ruth and Lieb's close personal friend Lou Gehrig; the tragic careers of Grover Cleveland Alexander and Carl Mays; the early days of The Sporting News; Casey Stengel's ups and downs as player and manager; and much more, including Lieb's evaluation of the game's past present, and future.« less