Spring is on its way. And spring means one important thing: baseball season. I have decided to set aside reading books I should have read in high school; I have had my fill of books about murder. I want something fun. I want baseball. Bill Veeck was a Chicago native and worked for many years in professional baseball in this town. Both sides of the town. He’s responsible for the ivy at Wrigley Field, the exploding scoreboard at Old Comiskey and Harry Carry’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” seventh-inning stretch.

Bill Veeck defines what it means to be a character. This autobiography, written in 1961 is an uncompromising look at professional baseball. According to the jacket, it promises to be, “… an uproarious book packed with baseball history and some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature.” Just in time for spring.