The Baseball Codes

The Baseball Codes

Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-clearing Brawls : the Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime

Book - 2010
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Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules, some of which are openly discussed (don't steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (don't cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter's box). In The Baseball Codes , old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game's most hallowed--and least known--traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.
 
At the heart of this book are incredible and often hilarious stories involving national heroes (like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) and notorious headhunters (like Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale) in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes , we see for the first time the game as it's actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.
 
With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball's informal rulebook, The Baseball Codes is a must for every fan.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424694
0375424695
Branch Call Number: 796.357 T842b 2010
Characteristics: vi, 294 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Duca, Michael

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Jun 23, 2011

This is a fun book full of anecdotal incidents and general baseball quirkiness. I enjoyed it even without having much knowledge of baseball myself, although there were one or two terms I had to google. It's a light easy read, but doesn't have much of an overall narrative which might annoy some readers but which I didn't mind at all. Just sort of a 'Hey, there's some stuff going on in this game that you might not know about, allow me to show you' kind of book.

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