What was Donie Bush thinking?

Donie Bush
Can you imagine, if they had sports talk radio in 1927?

Owen "Donie" Bush was the manager of the 1927 National League pennant winning Pittsburgh Pirates. The former big league shortstop was in his first year as manager of the Bucs and he guided them to the NL crown, but they lost in four games to arguably the greatest club in baseball history, the '27 Yankees.

These were the New York Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig.  In the fourth game of the series, trailing 3-0 in the seventh inning, the Pirates put runners and first and second with nobody out.  Up stepped one of the game's great hitters, Lloyd Waner.  Bush had this future Hall of Famer bunt instead of swinging away.  The strategy was heavily criticized by one of the game's greatest managers.

In my latest edition of The Baseball Beat, we learn the manager who let Bush have it and speculate on what would have happened, if we had sports talk radio in 1927.

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