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

The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime Author Jason Turbow
ISBN-10 030727862X
ISBN-13 9780307278623
Year 2011-03-22
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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An insiders look at baseballs unwritten rules explained with examples from the games most fascinating characters and wildest historical moments Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize All aspects of baseballhitting pitching and baserunningare affected by the Code a set of unwritten rules that governs the Major League game Some of these rules are openly discussed dont steal a base with a big lead late in the game while others are known only to a minority of players 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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