Larceny and Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League Eldon Ham

ISBN: 9780897338080

Published: August 30th 2005

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260 pages


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Larceny and Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League  by  Eldon Ham

Larceny and Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League by Eldon Ham
August 30th 2005 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 260 pages | ISBN: 9780897338080 | 5.44 Mb

Every baseball player from little league to the big leagues knows it is illegal to steal signs, yet every major league team assigns someone to do just that.Baseball thrives on trickery and deception. But as our oldest major team sport, its larcenous legacy goes much deeper than the field of play.In LARCENY AND OLD LEATHER: THE MISCHIEVOUS LEGACY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, Eldon Ham--sports lawyer, professor, and author--traces the games lesser-known, roguish past. His wry chapters, filled with anecdotes and statistics, expose both the hidden and the obvious cheating occurring throughout baseballs history, from corked bats and spitballs to betting and media hyperbole.Here is a book for both seasoned baseball fans and neophytes whod like to get a look at the game that evolved into an industry.

Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa, Pete Rose, and many other lesser known players make their appearance in this fascinating history, as Ham seeks not only to chronicle the legacy of deception inherent within the game, but also to explore why it is, and how it is, that this deception is exactly what makes baseball the most endearing of American games.



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