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Lords of the Realm:The Real History of Baseball (edition 1994)

by John Helyar

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"The ultimate chronicle of the games behind the game."--The New York Times Book Review Baseball has always inspired rhapsodic elegies on the glory of man and golden memories of wonderful times. But what you see on the field is only half the game. 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. Praise for The Lords of the Realm "A must-read for baseball fans . . . reads like a suspense novel."--Kirkus Reviews "Refreshingly hard-headed . . . the only book you'll need to read on the subject."--Newsday "Lots of stories . . . well told, amusing . . . edifying."--The Washington Post… (more)
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Title:Lords of the Realm:The Real History of Baseball
Authors:John Helyar
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Has to be the most comprehensive book on the business side of baseball ( )
  jimifenway | May 3, 2022 |
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  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
By the end you're so sick of MLB owners that you want to puke. Effectively written and thoroughly researched. ( )
  cyberlemur | Sep 14, 2008 |
Purporting to be the real history of baseball, Helyar’s opus tells the labor history of baseball, skipping over the first century of professional ballplaying, and picking up with the rise of the Player’s Association in the 1960’s. At times fascinating and time repulsive, Lords of the Realm traces the rise of underpaid, mistreated baseball players to the most powerful union in America. True to the title, the book focuses on the owners – the eponymous Lords – efforts to quash, marginalize, and capitulate to the union. One must question the objectivity of a history that continually refers to one party as Lords, but Helyar writes with a sense of whimsy and historical perspective. I learned a lot from this book, really more than I’d wish to know sometimes, and knowing what I know now dampens hopes for baseball ever being able to save itself.

“It all greatly resembled the final scene in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The pigs, who’d once led a barnyard rebellion against the oppressive farmers, now shared many of their traits and, at the end, were sharing a sumptuous meal with them. Wrote Orwell, ‘The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.’” (p. 532) ( )
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"The ultimate chronicle of the games behind the game."--The New York Times Book Review Baseball has always inspired rhapsodic elegies on the glory of man and golden memories of wonderful times. But what you see on the field is only half the game. 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. Praise for The Lords of the Realm "A must-read for baseball fans . . . reads like a suspense novel."--Kirkus Reviews "Refreshingly hard-headed . . . the only book you'll need to read on the subject."--Newsday "Lots of stories . . . well told, amusing . . . edifying."--The Washington Post

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