Bucky Veil was a professional baseballer who played the game in the early years of the twentieth century, a time when baseball was beginning to evolve into America’s national pastime.
As a twenty-two-year-old rookie with the 1903 Pittsburg Pirates, he pitched in the first World Series of modern major league baseball, thus witnessing firsthand an important milestone in the history of the sport. No less an authority than Hall of Famer Honus Wagner predicted that Bucky would be “a great star.”
is a story of baseball in the Deadball Era, told from the perspective
of the author’s grandfather, Fred “Bucky” Veil, and other professionals who played
a game that was very different from that of the modern era. It was a game that
emphasized strategy over power — Babe Ruth and the long ball were a decade or
more in the future — and relied upon speed; smart, aggressive base-running; good
bunting techniques; and timely hitting, all designed to advance runners into
positions from which they could score. Baseball in the Deadball Era was played
with a passion that is largely absent in the modern game. Bucky was blessed to
have had the opportunity to play professional baseball in an era when it truly
was a game.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fred W. Veil currently lives in Prescott, Arizona. A native Pennsylvanian and
a Marine Corps veteran, he is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and
the Duquesne University School of Law. Previously published works include articles
in the Duquesne Law Review
and the Journal of Arizona History
. He and his wife,
Sally, have two adult children and one grandchild.