on January 1, 2014
Let’s face it; reading the 72 pages of the complete rules in the appendix is pretty brutal, and best used as a reference. The first part of the book however, is a delight. Portions of the rules highlighted and a historical example included of why the rule was put into effect, and many of the players back in the day were about pushing the boundaries! Some of the historical graphics are superb, for example from the 1903 Word Series, where overflow spectators are packed into the outfield. In more modern time, the look of Joe Niekro’s face when his pockets are turned out to find an emery board is priceless. I particularly appreciated the chapter on scoring, and clear definition of the pitchers ERA. For some of the rules, checking out Youtube for visual explanation also helps.