Becoming Big League – Hot Stove League Book Club


Most baseball fans in Seattle know the story of the ill-fated Pilots who played one year (1969) at the old Sick’s Stadium before declaring bankruptcy and being sold off to become the Milwaukee Brewers.

The inside story of the intrigue and politics that surrounded the efforts to save the Pilots is told in Becoming Big League, a new book from University of Washington Press. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most important chapters in Seattle sports history, and the author, Bill Mullins, will be reading from his book at the Hot Stove League Book Club on Wednesday night.

Mullins, a University of Washington Ph.D. and retired history professor (Oklahoma Baptist University), tells the story of Seattle’s complicated history of stadium politics dating back to the 1960s when community leaders dreamed of making Seattle a great city.

Dr. Mullins’ book is a fun read for anyone who is interested in baseball or the political and civic history of Seattle in the 1960s and 1970s.

He’ll be reading from his book on Wednesday, March 20, at Epic Seats in SODO (900 1st Ave. S., #110). Doors open at 6pm, with the program beginning at 7pm. It’s free, but because of limited space, anyone interested in attending is asked to email Bob Simeone at with Book Club RSVP in the subject line.

Dr. Mullins’ appearance is part of the Hot Stove League Book Club, a community outreach program that is a collaborative effort of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, the Mariners and Elliot Bay Book Company.

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