The Last Hero - Howard Bryant

It takes a writer of Howard Bryant’s ability to produce The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron (Anchor, $16.95). Bryant explains the forces that shaped Aaron’s life, from his childhood and youth in the segregated South, to his national recognition in baseball, to his political maturation after he retired from the game. Bryant describes Aaron both as a human being and as the different symbols he came to represent for different Americans. Perhaps the sport’s greatest player, Aaron comes across in this biography as a man with many, heretofore unexplored, dimensions.

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ISBN: 9780307279927
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Published: Anchor - May 3rd, 2011

The Eastern Stars - Mark Kurlansky

When you watch this year’s Major League All-Star Game, you may not realize that many of the players hail from the same city: San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic. Mark Kurlansky’s Eastern Stars (Riverhead, $16) explores this place, where boys dream of playing baseball in America but most grow up to become men working in their home sugarcane fields. Kurlansky delves into both the past and the present of this fascinating region that such a large part of our national

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ISBN: 9781594485053
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2011

The Baseball Codes - Jason Turbow

The official rulebook of Major League Baseball is over two hundred pages long and covers almost anything that could happen in the course of a game. Then there are the implicit rules, or codes, that the players keep in mind, and which often have as great an impact on the game as the formal regulations. Jason Turbow and Michael Duca interviewed dozens players for The Baseball Codes (Anchor, $15). The result is a highly entertaining set of anecdotes explaining why batters get knocked down, when it’s ethically correct to steal a base, whether you should mention no one has gotten a hit yet, and what types of cheating are allowable. This book celebrates the fun, tradition, and idiosyncrasies that make baseball different from all other sports.
The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime By Jason Turbow, Michael Duca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278623
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011