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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (963 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Turbow Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules—some of which are openly discussed, and some of which only a minority of players are aware. In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game’s most hallowed and least known traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining.

At the heart of The Baseball Codes are incredible and often hilarious stories. Tales involving national heroes and notorious headhunters—Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale, to name a few— reveal a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see the game as it is actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.

With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball’s informal rulebook, this collection of unwritten rules is a must for every baseball fan.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delicious…Entertaining…The Baseball Codes reads like a lab report by a psychologist who has been observing hostile toddlers whack one another with plastic shovels in a sandbox.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A frankly incredible book—a history and analysis of baseball’s insular culture of unwritten rules, protocols and superstitions, assembled over the course of ten years…I can say without hesitation that this is one of the all-time greats—a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”


  • “If baseball players adhere to a series of informal doctrines, then consider Turbow the ultimate code breaker…Turbow pulls back the curtain and breaks through the game’s shroud of secrecy to deliver a grand slam of a book.”

    Associated Press

  • “A remarkably well-researched book, filled with intricate details of plays from the past 100 years.”

    New York Post

  • “[A] highly entertaining read…A comprehensive, sometimes hilarious guide to perhaps a misunderstood aspect of our national pastime.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kramer’s reading crackles with excitement as he projects a wry sense of humor when recounting the ongoing foibles of ballplayers, coaches, and umpires attempting to uphold a set of unwritten, occasionally conflicting rules of deportment that govern baseball and constitute the codes in the title of this entertaining book. That Kramer pronounces the participants’ names correctly—even such tough ones as Napoleon Lajoie—is a rare treat…Kramer gives sympathetic voice to the mixed feelings of fans who feel that some elements of the game have been taken out of the players’ hands due to the policing of baseball. This insightful disquisition on the codes of behavior that govern the game and how things have changed over the years is read by a competent narrator who obviously understands, enjoys, and respects America’s pastime.”


  • “One key tenet of the code is that players do not talk to the media about it. But he gets around this by providing ample anecdotal evidence, gathered from game accounts and the words of players who have loosened their tongues over the years. The result is a delightfully profane work that is awfully fun to read.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alejandra | 2/12/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of baseball and was very interested in reading this book to pick up on "unwritten rules" I didn't already know of... But I found it to be such a difficult read for me only because it wasn't written as a story, but just statistics/scenarios one after another, after another... So, unfortunately, it was a little too daunting for me - it was like reading the stock exchange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/11/2014

    " This is not for the occasional fan - you really need a strong grip on baseball terms, setups, and the ability to follow out (sometimes long and complicated) descriptions of plays. Still, engrossing if you're a fan of the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hyck | 2/8/2014

    " Great quick, fun read. Enjoy the real stories and explanations of all the quirky unwritten things that make up professional baseball. Makes me want to watch a game right now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared | 2/8/2014

    " Great book for the knowledgable basefan. A very inside look at the Game. "

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