Books: Black Cats and Maidens

THIRTY TONS A DAY by BILL VEECK with ED LINN 296 pages. Viking. $8.95.

In 1961, when Bill Veeck thought he was going to die of a brain tumor, he sold his Chicago White Sox baseball team and wrote a humorous, hardbitten memoir, Veeck—as in Wreck. Then, finding himself at least temporarily immortal, in 1968 he took a job as president of Suffolk Downs race track near Boston and plunged headlong into the murky world of horse racing and Massachusetts politics. Thirty Tons a Day, written with the same zest as his earlier book, is...

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