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The Imperfect Diamond: A History of Baseball's Labor Wars (A Da Capo…

by Lee Lowenfish

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    Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman by Lee Lowenfish (alecrogers)
    alecrogers: A great bio. of baseball's storied executive by the same author as The Imperfect Diamond.
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For those looking for an introduction to baseball’s labor history, The Imperfect Diamond is a splendid choice. Lowenfish writes clearly, and he is transparent enough to acknowledge that he takes the players’ side for the most part. It’s hard to disagree with his position, however. Baseball owners were, like most magnates of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, imperious and impatient with their "laborers" and they saw ballplayers as no different than workers in any other industry.

Things have changed radically in the past century, however, and major league ball players are, ironically, no longer viewed as sympathetically; they have moved from being our neighbors to out-of-reach superstars living in gated communities. How they, and we, got here is the story Lowenfish tells well.

See my entire review at:

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/book-review-the-imperfect-diamond/
  alecrogers | May 23, 2010 |
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