In this fascinating, colorful chronicle -- based on hundreds of interviews and years of research and digging -- John Helyar brings to vivid life the extraordinary people and dramatic events that shaped America's favorite pastime, from the dead-ball days at the turn of the century through the great strike of 1994. Witness zealous Judge Landis banish eight players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, after the infamous "Black Sox" scandal; the flamboyant A's owner Charlie Finley wheel and deal his star players, Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers, like a deck of cards; the hysterical bidding war of coveted free agent Catfish Hunter; the chain-smoking romantic, A. Bartlett Giamatti, locking horns with Pete Rose during his gambling days of summer; and much more . . . .
"The ultimate chronicle of the games behind the game." -- The New York Times Book Review
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
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.About the Author:
John Helyar is the author of Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball and the co-author (with Bryan Burrough) of Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110345392612
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0345392612
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0345392612
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0345392612