The Baseball Codes

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

By Jason Turbow; Michael Kramer (Read by); Michael Duca
(Blackstone Audiobooks, Audio Cassette, 9781441762993)

Publication Date: June 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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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 and some of which only a minority of players are aware of. In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the games most hallowed, and least known, traditions. For learned and casual baseball fans alike, the result is illuminating and wholly entertaining. At the heart of this book are incredible, often hilarious stories involving national heroes, like Mickey Mantle, and notorious headhunters, like Bob Gibson, in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. Here we see for the first time the game through the eyes of the players on the field.

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

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