Saturday, April 28, 2007
The Cheater's Guide to Baseball (Book #39)
Derek Zumsteg, author of The Cheater's Guide to Baseball (2007), is one of the authors of the USS Mariner blog, where I regularly lurk (but rarely post, feeling that I'm insufficiently statheaded to contribute to the conversation). His new book is a generally humorous history of over a century of cheating in baseball, espousing the view that the lighter forms of cheating--stealing signs, spitballing, blocking the plate, and the like--are among the pleasures of the game, while fixing games like the Black Sox, gambling like Pete Rose, and taking steroids like Bonds, Giambi, and who knows how many others, destroy the integrity of the game and deserve harsh penalties. Definitely a book worth reading for the baseball fan.