The Baseball Codes

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

By Michael Duca; Jason Turbow
(Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780375424694, 304pp.)

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

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Description

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.




About the Author


Jason Turbow has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SportsIllustrated.com, Slam magazine, Giants magazine, and Athletics. He also served as content director for Giants Today, a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children.


NPR
Saturday, Apr 24, 2010

Baseball may have a set of rules, but there's also an unwritten code deeply respected by players. Jason Turbow, author of the new book, The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime, discusses parts of the unwritten code with host Scott Simon, like why spitball pitches might be tolerated and why a pitcher will intentionally aim the ball right at the batter. More at NPR.org

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