Book 113: The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow w/Michael Duca
The 2011 major league baseball season ends tonight with a World Serious title for either the Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals.
The season ends for MLB, but it doesn't have to end for the baseball fan. There is an entire lineup of baseball books begging to be read during the winter months. The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow (with Michael Duca) is one of the all-stars in that lineup.
Like all professional sports, baseball has a fat rule book to control the action on and off the field. Unlike other professional sports, baseball also has an unwritten rules that have as much influence on the game as the rules presided over by the Commissioner.
In one lively anecdote after another, Turbow provides the reader with a guided tour of the unwritten rules of the game -- from running into the catcher to stealing base, from sliding properly to never -- ever -- showing up an opponent to perhaps the biggest unwritten rule of them -- cheating is OK, until you get caught.
Most baseball books are biographies of a player, capture a special season or series or are an expose of the game. No one's ever written a book quite like The Baseball Codes. It's inside baseball at it's best.