The Baseball Codes The Baseball Codes

The Baseball Codes

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

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Publisher Description

An insider’s look at baseball’s unwritten rules, explained with examples from the game’s 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 baseball—hitting, pitching, and baserunning—are affected by the Code, a set of unwritten rules that governs the Major League game. Some of these rules are openly discussed (don’t steal a base with a big lead late in the game), while others are known only to a minority of players (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.

GENRE
Sports & Outdoors
RELEASED
2010
March 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

i3arracuda ,

The Baseball Codes

This was a fantastic read and provided great insight into the unwritten rules of baseball, highlighted with accounts of run-ins from the scrub to the superstar. If you're a fan of baseball you won't want to miss this.

Who'sYourChaddy ,

Great insight into the dugout

I'm a casual baseball fan and could not put this book down. The insights and explanations of things I had seen or only heard about were fascinating. I agree with the authors' premise that the code is dying. Reading this makes me want to watch some baseball. My only regret is that it is not longer. Go Braves!

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