The View from the Dugout by Red Rolfe: a review

For the three and a half years Red Rolfe managed the Detroit Tigers, he made detailed daily journal entries about the days’ games. Editor Bill Anderson has reworked them into a narrative of Rolfe’s time with the team. I’d probably have done it differently, but Anderson’s method, which adds important context to Rolfe’s notes, is effective and useful.

Two audiences, mostly, will find this book useful and/or interesting: Those interested in the 1949 through 1952 Tigers, and those interested in how baseball’s field managers go about their job. The second group, I fear, will be somewhat frustrated by the editor’s methods.

This review was originally published on LibraryThing.

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