By Andrew Zimbalist
"Once back, Andy Zimbalist proves that not anyone is familiar with the mysterious internal workings of the easiest online game in the world higher than he does. With strength, thoughtfulness, and keenness, he has parsed the advanced global of baseball and proven how very important its enterprise facet is to its soul—and its survival."
"By baseball from the viewpoint of the commissioner's place of work and its many demanding situations, Professor Zimbalist has been in a position to use his scholar's eye and his fan's center to determine the sport as an ongoing company that wishes refreshment. The reasonable yet unsparing portrait of Bud Selig he paints is of a guy who's nobody's idiot and nobody's tool—and now, these people who love the sport want him to begin the rally that might restoration baseball in America's esteem."
—Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend version Saturday and writer of Jackie Robinson and the mixing of Baseball and Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan
"Baseball books, just like the video game itself, are frequently replete with error. yet Andrew Zimbalist has written a gently researched but energetic overview of the checklist of the 9 commissioners that's either reasonable and exact. it truly is lengthy late and an outstanding read."
—Fay Vincent, former commissioner of baseball
"Tremendously stress-free and a must-read for baseball enthusiasts. sure to bring up the extent of discourse on sports-talk radio."
—Jim Bouton, former 20-game profitable pitcher for the Yankees and writer of Ball Four
"Andrew Zimbalist has performed a truly credible, eminently readable, and fascinating activity describing MLB's commissioners, rather Bud Selig, who simply has develop into the main major determine in baseball in a long time. whereas Selig won't unavoidably percentage all of Zimbalist's perspectives in regards to the online game, within the most sensible pursuits of Baseball? has thoughtfully, and maybe uniquely, tracked the various thorny matters that Selig faced in the course of baseball's new golden era."
—John Moores, proprietor of the Padres and member of MLB's govt Council
"I regularly proposal Yogi Berra was once the wisest resource on baseball, yet Zimbalist has hit a grand slam here."
—Tom Werner, proprietor of the pink Sox and previous proprietor of the Padres
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Bulkeley, however, did little more than fulfill the minimal statutory functions of his office, which amounted to chairing the annual meeting of the league’s board of directors. When Bulkeley’s Eastern political connections were no longer useful to launch the new league, he was dispatched after just one year, and the real leader of the NL, William Hulbert, was properly installed. Hulbert was to remain president until his death in 1882. qxd 01/11/06 9:33 AM Page 20 20 In the Best Interests of Baseball?
On that occasion, not only did Landis require the sixty-eight-year-old John D. Rockefeller to leave his vacation in upstate New York and travel to Landis’s courtroom in Chicago to give a brief (and basically irrelevant) testimony, but he issued a verdict of $29 million against Standard Oil—a verdict that was subsequently overturned on appeal. But, it turned out, Landis, ever quixotic and capricious, had more loyalty to baseball than he did to the fight against monopoly power. ”25 Landis told the parties that he would take the case under advisement, knowing full well that the FL’s financial situation was too precarious for it to hang on long.
Then the team suddenly came alive again, playing winning ball until season’s end in mid-October. The involved players foolishly flamed suspicions by sporting new diamond jewelry. Hulbert ordered an investigation, wherein it was discovered that four leading players on the team had taken bribes to throw games. 14 If Hulbert ever compromised his principled leadership, it was on behalf of improving the already dominant strength of his Chicago White Stockings. With their five new players for 1876, the White Stockings easily won the first NL championship with a 56 and 14 record.