Famous for his antics and showmanship, Major League Baseball owner Bill Veeck made an indelible impression with his generosity and fairness.
Here’s a lesson from Veeck about what to do when you’ve made the wrong hire.
In an effort to turn around his failing St. Louis Browns, Veeck hired the harsh and humorless Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby as manager, who set draconian rules and terrorized the players and staff.
Veeck thought Hornsby had mellowed. He was wrong.
Finally, when the owner decided that he’d had enough, he called Hornsby to his hotel room and fired him on the spot.
Hornsby later noted that the $100,000 he netted from his Browns contract was enough to keep him living comfortably for the rest of his life.
— Adapted from Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, Paul Dickson, Walker & Co.