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Wall Street Journal sports reporter (and Barbarians at the Gate co-author) John Helyar has produced an entertaining and concise look at the real reasons that Major League Baseball has become the big business that it is today--and a definitive glimpse at where America's erstwhile national pastime is likely to head in the coming years. With vividly painted portraits of significant players from Ty Cobb to Bud Selig, it offers both a current picture and an historical perspective that will prove invaluable to fans of the game as well as to students of business as the lords of the game continue to struggle with business problems that have forever altered their sport. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Helyar ( Barbarians at the Gate ) presents a history of player-owner labor relations that dissects baseball for the big-business it is. As background, he shows how the owners intimidated players into accepting low salaries and prohibited their movement through the reserve clause, which made the player the property of his team forever. The central character of the book is union organizer Marvin Miller. Helyar relates how Miller overcame anti-union feelings of the players, and how he succeeded in overturning the reserve clause with the cases of Catfish Hunter, Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith. He scored another win after the strike of 1981, when he hood-winked the baseball owners into salary arbitration, which grossly inflated salaries. We're shown the commissioners: pompous Bowie Kuhn; Peter Ueberroth and his disastrous "collusion" policies that caused the owners to pay millions of dollars in retribution to players for restricting their free movement; and Fay Vincent, whose tenure was soap-operish. This enlightening and provocative book may be too legalistic for the casual fan. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I can't imagine a book that better documents the history of baseball. The book is extremely well researched and brings many events together to explain why Major League Baseball is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Stokes
This is one of the best baseball books I've ever read, and the definitive narrative on owner-player relations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Anderson
A lot of history on the business of baseball. This book can help any entrepreneur or any businessperson understand why some businesses make money and others don't. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brendan Newman
Lords of the Realm is a very detailed account of baseball from the inside out. The proof is in the details.Published on January 15, 2013 by Mark Turner
If you love baseball and are interested in the business and history of the game this book is a must read. one of the best baseball books I've read in at least 100.Published on January 5, 2013 by J. Young
For someone interested in the true history of baseball, this book is for you. Also very funny at times. You will be amazed at what the owners say and do.Published on December 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite baseball book. I'm a huge fan of the game, and like the nostalgia aspect of it (the first three innings of Ken Burns baseball are perfect to me), but this book... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by A. Kellogg
This is non-fiction writing at its best -- a terrific book on every level. The writing is clear and concise and the story as gossipy as anything out there in the sports world. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by J. Smallridge
This is not about the history of baseball. But, a quick reading of the summary will let you know that. Anyone that rated it low on thinking it was a history is just wrong. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Lonnie