Gaylon White is nationally-recognized author and member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Gaylon’s new book, The Bilko Athletic Club, takes a fun look at baseball’s past in Los Angeles, before the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn and before wealth disparities, PEDs and mega-contracts sidetracked the game. The Bilko Athletic Club is a fascinating story about the 1956 Los Angeles Angels: the players, the game and a season that brought a fast-growing city together and caught the attention of the major leaguers back East. While Mickey Mantle was winning the Triple Crown in the American League, Steve Bilko was doing the same in Pacific Coast League with the Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around the bulky, beer-loving home run basher. And Bilko had three more hits than Mantle.