The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime

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Hardcover, Pantheon Books, 2010, ISBN13 9780375424694, ISBN10 0375424695

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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 (dont steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (dont cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batters box). In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the games most hallowedand least knowntraditions. 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 its actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.

With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseballs informal rulebook, The Baseball Codes is a must for every fan.

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Contributed by: Duca, Michael
Contributed by: Turbow, Jason
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publish Date: Mar 09, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780375424694
ISBN-10: 0375424695
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.32
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1
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OUTSTANDING BOOK! Worth EVERY penny!
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A friend recommended this book; I hadn't even heard of it, but she knows what I like to read, and was DEAD ON with this one! Very entertaining, real-life stories of some of the biggest names in baseball history. Real behind-the-scenes kinds of things that the casual observer....maybe even the die-hard fan...didn't fully know. This book is very well written, easy to understand, and hard to put down. I've recommended it to all of my baseball-loving friends, and if you love baseball.....REAL baseball....give it a read. You wno't be disappointed!

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