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Inside Pitch: Insiders Reveal How the Ill-Fated Seattle Pilots Got Played into Bankruptcy in One Year

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The year 1969 ushered a new Major League Baseball team into Seattle: the Pilots. After many earlier years of successful minor league ball, the city had high hopes for a similar outcome. With plans for a new ballpark and a temperamental but hot-hitting young player named Lou Piniella in the spring training dugout, Seattle was finally getting their shot in the bigs. But the ...more
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Published June 5th 2020 by Persistence Press
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Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Major League Baseball (MLB) added four teams for the 1969 season, one of those teams was the Seattle Pilots. While the Pilots and their players have already been lionized in the legendary book “Ball Four” by Pilots pitcher Jim Bouton, little has been written or stated about the chaotic season in the team’s administrative offices. That is now changed with this book by journalist Rick Allen documenting the craziness in getting ready for that 1969 season.

The subtitle of this book could be re-t
Charles Castel
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
A Disappointment
A couple of months ago an ad popped up on my Facebook feed for this book. I normally ignore such ads but this one got my attention as I had read Ball Four years ago and wanted to know more about the Seattle Pilots. So I was happy that a book providing a history of the club as well as their early years as the Milwaukee Brewers appealed to me. I bought the book last week on Kindle and eagerly started it.
On the plus side, I learned more about the administrative side of baseball circ
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Learned some things about the problems the Pilots had to contend with. Book was probably twice as long as it needed to be. And very repetitive. For example, did you know that Jimmy Reese was Babe Ruth’s roommate? Lol
Jeffrey Williams
This book had a lot of potential that it sadly did not live up to. There are both strengths and weaknesses with this tome which I will address below:

Strengths: This book is a biography of Bob Schoenbachler and Jim Kittilsby, who both worked in the front office of the Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. Their voices resonate loud and clear through this work, and considering their positions, they are important voices indeed. There is more substance than a mere wi
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Christopher C.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being a 55 year-old baseball and sports fan, somewhat fascinated by team’s that go defunct, the one-year wonder, the Seattle Pilots, were always a mystery to me.

Rick Allen’s Inside Pitch uses the personal story-telling of two almost accidential young big league front-office men to tell a often funny, but ultimately sad tale of Pilots and their Ill-fated doomed MLB legacy. It becomes no wonder why the team’s inaugural was also its last.

Reimbursing fans for paint on their fannies for the not-comp
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the Seattle Pilots, a one year Major League Baseball team that only played the 1969 season. Would be sold and moved to Milwaukee just in time for the 1970 season as the Brewers.
What makes this book interesting is the behind the scene business story as the financial problems unfolded. Ill prepared to actually begin before there was a sturdy foundation to build on, but early missteps by early staff hires.
What I didn't completely know was how big Charley O's movement of the A
Matt Bishop
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Due to lack of baseball this year because of Covid19, I got my baseball fix by re-reading my 40 year old copy of Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" which I had read back in college. While reading that book I learned of "Inside Pitch" which I then read after finishing "Ball Four". Since "Ball Four" was fresh in my memory, "Inside Pitch" paralleled Boutons book on that fateful season/time frame for the Pilots. What a memory! What a story for this baseball fan! I love to learn how things work. It's not just ...more
Jean M
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, I will say I had a very hard time putting this book down. Fascinating, behind-the-scenes, can't believe it happened that way kind of story. Second, this comment comes from a 60+ year-old woman who has had less than a gnat's interest in baseball her whole life. Inside Pitch was a recommended read from a friend and I'm so delighted I dove in, head first into the first chapter to see if something - no, let's say anything - would ever make me interested in baseball. Rick Allen has done a fant ...more
Stoney Setzer
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a Major League Baseball fan, the 1969 Seattle Pilots represent the ultimate curiosity. They existed for only one season before going bankrupt and relocating to Milwaukee, where they are now known as the Brewers.

A number of books have been written on the subject, each dealing with different aspects of the story. Inside Pitch examines the front office/financial aspect of a team that was largely set up for failure from the very beginning.

If you like baseball, and if you find the Pilots case as
Marion Woyvodich
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with great interest as I was only 13 when the Pilots took to the field Seattle, but I do remember the excitement of having a major-league team in town. I read with great interest about the two young men, who stumbled into top administrative posts with the team, recount the history of that fateful year, 1969, and the extraordinary efforts made to keep the team in town. This book is a great read for anyone interested in knowing more about the high-stakes game behind the dugout, of ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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This book is an inside look at the ownership and administration of the ill-fated Seattle Pilots. After one year, the Pilots were bankrupt and Bud Selig was able to buy the team and move it to Milwaukee just before the 1970 season.

While this book focuses on the challenges faced by the owners, Daniel and Max Soriano, it also brings to light the fact that expansion was supposed to take place a few years later. Kansas City was pressuring MLB to expand now, not later. The new Seattle owners had littl
Dave Wright
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a fascinating take of mismanagement. There are two young, unsung heroes named Bob Schoenbachler and Jim Kittilsby who saved the American League from serious embarrassment. The author also details how Bud Selig and friends swooped in to move the club to Milwaukee, eventually righting things. There is some name dropping from time to time (Tom Kelly and Bob Lemon, for example, have cameo roles) but the majority of the story is a take of how to not to run business. It's a fun, relatively quick ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love baseball and need a fix while waiting for its return, you need look no further than Inside Pitch. Rick Allen does a masterful job of bringing the Soriano brothers’ dream to life on the printed page. That dream was developing a Major League Baseball team in Seattle. A close look at the zany lineup in the front office will keep you laughing in amazement. It will also explain the Pilots’ short life in Seattle. With first person accounts of the madness of young, inexperienced front offic ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rick Allen presents the behind the scenes creation of the 1969 MLB Seattle Pilots - unfortunately a team destined to fail. Mr Allen interviewed the personnel behind the creation and even adds a bit of shake your head humor. If you are a baseball fan you will appreciate this story...the Pilots were rushed into existence without proper funding and a suitable MLB stadium! The bookend to Jim Bouton's Ball Four that gave the players' perspective on the one and done Seattle Pilots of 1969 ...more
Tim Blackburn
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seattle Pilot's Background Info

I rated a 3 star because it's well written, interesting, and includes behind-the-scenes stories of the fabled but ill-fated 1969 Seattle Pilot major league baseball team. This book is more about the business side of the team rather than player personalities or game antecedents. However it is important information for true baseball fans and affeciandos of the near mystical Seattle Pilots.
Dave Cottenie
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
An okay behind the scenes look at the Seattle Pilots. Unfortunately, the author wants the reader to become attached to two young executives, but does not offer enough depth for either to really get the reader invested. Overall, it leaves the reader feeling that they are just skimming the surface and that there is a lack of depth to this story. An okay read but not one to move the earth for.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got into baseball at the time the Pilots moved to Milwaukee. I had heard bits and pieces about the team. I had baseball cards from 1969 and 1970 for Pilot players. But never really knew much until this book.

Great book. Gives you the off the field look at the team.

I highly recommend
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice concise "oral" history of the downfall of the Seattle Pilots, and the extended wackiness in the Milwaukee Brewers. This is a must-read for PNW baseball fans. A true comedy of errors, missteps, financial screw-ups, and more. ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great to see a different side of things when it comes to the office side of things for a professional baseball team in that time period.
Tom Koch
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The inside story that we hadn’t heard yet.....why the Pilots franchise didn’t make it past one season. Thank you Rick for pursuing your lead!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read on the front office for the Seattle Pilots during their lone season in 1969. It leads into the Pilots moved to Milwaukee and their 1970 season.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Fantastic read. As a life long Milwaukee Brewers fan , it was fascinating to learn the true history of the team I love.
James Dove
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! I learned a lot about the Seattle Pilots one season that I was not aware of. Thank you Rick Allen for a great book!
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