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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.