By Dan Ewald
A biography of Detroit Tigers proprietor John Fetzer who owned the workforce for 22 years. It appears at baseball in a time prior to seven determine avid gamers and the impact of legal professionals.
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Already one of the nation's most financially successful entrepreneurs, Fetzer didn't need baseball to build a financial fortune. He was a particularly private person and certainly didn't need the celebrity that accompanies baseball ownership. Fetzer brought a vision to baseball that extended far above all the mundane boundaries of business. That vision helped to shape the course of baseball history far beyond his three-decade stay. As with most visionaries who are ahead of their times, Fetzer was a collection of intriguing contradictions.
Before becoming memories, trips to the ballpark were savored. And they were passed from one generation to the next. Operating a ball club in those days carried extraordinary responsibilities. Like the bosses at General Motors or Ford, owners competed for a part of their loyalists' dollar. But they also were charged with the safekeeping of their fans' forgiving hearts. There was an unwritten code of honor among the baseball bosses. Lawyers had their place; but not on the front office staff of a major league baseball club.
Others, at least, remained familiar with the hometown team's score. Regardless of the intensity of its followers, baseball enjoyed a niche of near royal reverence. To some it was a religion. From all, it commanded respect. Other professional sports boasted their own armies of believers. Before the National Football League established itself as a Sunday afternoon television staple, there was a hard-core collection of football fanatics. Before the marketing miracle of the National Basketball Association, the sport was supported by its own cult of junkies.