The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

Book - 2007
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Ever see Mike Piazza block the plate? Or Derek Jeter slide hard into second? Illegal. But it happens every game. Baseball's rules, it seems, were made to be broken. And they are, by the players, the front office, and even sometimes the fans. Like it or not, cheating has been an integral part of America's favorite pastime since its inception. The Cheater's Guide to Baseball will show you how cheating is really done. In this lively tour through baseball's underhanded history, readers will learn how to cork a bat, steal signs, hurl a spitball, throw a World Series, and win at any cost!
They'll also see the dirty little secrets of the game's greatest manipulators: John McGraw and Ty Cobb; Billy Martin and Gaylord Perry; Graig Nettles and Sammy Sosa; and, yes, even Barry Bonds. They'll find out how the Cleveland Indians doctored their basepaths to give new meaning to the term home field advantage. They'll delight in a hilarious examination of the Black Sox scandal, baseball's original sin. And, in the end, they'll come to understand that cheating is as much a part of baseball as pine tar and pinch hitters. And it's here to stay.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
ISBN: 9780618551132
Branch Call Number: 796.357 Z94
Characteristics: xv, 265 p. : ill.
Alternative Title: Baseball

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Jun 10, 2013

Mariner fan Derek Zumsteg writes about how baseball and cheating evolved together, covering the quasi-legal to downright dirty. His last chapter makes some solid points about how various cheats (trick pitches, corked bats and spitters) led us to where we are today, and I agree. The earlier chapters are hit-or-miss, but usually quite humorous. A solid 3.5 stars, and a worthy read for baseball fans. (Jun 3-9)

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