The section of the book that covers the shere chicanery is quite entertaining.
Zumsteg's very first chapter looks at the effect the 1890s Orioles teams had on baseball as it is played today, and goes forward through time from there.
While I realize his editors deserve some blame, I can't help but think much of the book is hogwash.
I had high hopes for this book. With sections devoted to Billy Martin, John McGraw, Gaylord Perry and the like, I thought it would at least be an interesting read. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Daniel Evensen
I tried to get past the first chapter and couldn't. I can't believe this was even published. A complete waste of my time. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by electro
Find out about the things baseball players and teams do to manipulate the game - some legal and some not. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Indian Prairie Public Library
The content of the book is weak at best, even childish at times. I didn't make it past the first chapter. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by D. M. Upp
I have loved baseball my entire life, and I really tried to like this book. I did. I gave up my straight read near the heckling chapter, and then only after skimming around the... Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Brian P. Batch
Try writing this book about Football. The history just isn't there. Basketball? What, you going to go with the origin of the dunk? The finger roll? Boooooring. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by S. Heasley
This is a brilliant book - it may well change the way you think about baseball. Congratulations to the author!Published on October 3, 2007 by The Blue Man
I'll be honest with you, I dislike the game of baseball. Going to a game, watching it? Doesn't intrigue me in the slightest, and I played 3 years of softball growing up. Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by Heather C. Morelli
Whether you know someone who watches three games a day or just the seventh game of the World Series, this book will entertain them. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by jlc