The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow audiobook

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

By Jason Turbow with Michael Duca
Read by Michael Kramer

Blackstone Publishing 9780375424694
10.08 Hours Unabridged
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Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricateregulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. Whattruly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules—some of whichare openly discussed, and some of which only a minority of players are aware.In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights intothe game’s most hallowed and least known traditions. For the learned and thecasual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughlyentertaining. At the heart of The Baseball Codes are incredible andoften hilarious stories. Tales involving national heroes and notoriousheadhunters—Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale, to name afew— reveal a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, andthe soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see the game as it isactually played, through the eyes of the players on the field. With rollicking stories from the past and newperspectives on baseball’s informal rulebook, this collection of unwritten rules is a must forevery baseball fan.

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ABooklist Top 10of 2010: Sports Audiobooks

Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricateregulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. Whattruly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules—some of whichare openly discussed, and some of which only a minority of players are aware.In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights intothe game’s most hallowed and least known traditions. For the learned and thecasual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughlyentertaining.

At the heart of The Baseball Codes are incredible andoften hilarious stories. Tales involving national heroes and notoriousheadhunters—Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale, to name afew— reveal a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, andthe soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see the game as it isactually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.

With rollicking stories from the past and newperspectives on baseball’s informal rulebook, this collection of unwritten rules is a must forevery baseball fan.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Delicious…Entertaining…The Baseball Codes reads like a lab report by a psychologist who has been observing hostile toddlers whack one another with plastic shovels in a sandbox.” New York Times Book Review
“A frankly incredible book—a history and analysis of baseball’s insular culture of unwritten rules, protocols and superstitions, assembled over the course of ten years…I can say without hesitation that this is one of the all-time greats—a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” NPR
“If baseball players adhere to a series of informal doctrines, then consider Turbow the ultimate code breaker…Turbow pulls back the curtain and breaks through the game’s shroud of secrecy to deliver a grand slam of a book.” Associated Press
“A remarkably well-researched book, filled with intricate details of plays from the past 100 years.” New York Post
“[A] highly entertaining read…A comprehensive, sometimes hilarious guide to perhaps a misunderstood aspect of our national pastime.” Publishers Weekly
“Kramer’s reading crackles with excitement as he projects a wry sense of humor when recounting the ongoing foibles of ballplayers, coaches, and umpires attempting to uphold a set of unwritten, occasionally conflicting rules of deportment that govern baseball and constitute the codes in the title of this entertaining book. That Kramer pronounces the participants’ names correctly—even such tough ones as Napoleon Lajoie—is a rare treat…Kramer gives sympathetic voice to the mixed feelings of fans who feel that some elements of the game have been taken out of the players’ hands due to the policing of baseball. This insightful disquisition on the codes of behavior that govern the game and how things have changed over the years is read by a competent narrator who obviously understands, enjoys, and respects America’s pastime.” Booklist
“One key tenet of the code is that players do not talk to the media about it. But he gets around this by providing ample anecdotal evidence, gathered from game accounts and the words of players who have loosened their tongues over the years. The result is a delightfully profane work that is awfully fun to read.” BookPage

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Author Bio: Jason Turbow

Author Bio: Jason Turbow

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 10.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English