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The incredible inside story of power, money, and baseball’s last twenty years

In the fall of 1992, America’s national pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war with each other, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players’ growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game’s very foundation.

It is a tipping point for baseball, a crucial moment in the game’s history that catalyzes a struggle for power by three strong-willed men: Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and union leader Don Fehr. It’s their uneasy alliance at the end of decades of struggle that pulls the game back from the brink and turns it into a money-making powerhouse that enriches them all.

This is the real story of baseball, played out against a tableau of stunning athletic feats, high-stakes public battles, and backroom political deals—with a supporting cast that includes Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter, George Bush and George Mitchell, and many more.

Drawing from hundreds of extensive, exclusive interviews throughout baseball, The Game is a stunning achievement: a rigorously reported book and the must-read, fly-on-the-wall, definitive account of how an enormous struggle for power turns disaster into baseball’s Golden Age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] meticulous reconstruction of the fraught era.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In clear, accessible prose, [The Game] covers strikes, steroids, and everything in between…The most memorable sections are about Steinbrenner. Pessah deftly captures the man’s heavy-handed—and often underhanded—leadership.”

    New York Times

  • “This might be the definitive account of how front offices control major league baseball…Pessah crafts freeze-frame descriptions of the most critical backroom moments of the modern era.”

    Men’s Journal

  • “The action is in the boardroom, not the ballpark, in this dramatic account of the business side of baseball…The resulting account of off-field strategizing is as engrossing as any stadium showdown.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Jeremy Arthur’s narration shapes the story of the power struggle that occurred in baseball from the early 1990s to 2010. He never camps up accents, never uses imitations; he just recounts the three parallel stories…Arthur capably narrates this twenty-year moment in time, on and off the diamond. His occasional incredulity is appropriate as the listener hears about some of the behind-the-scenes bumbling that went on.”


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About the Author

Jon Pessah managed the sports departments at Newsday and the Hartford Courant. He was a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine, where he wrote and edited articles and ran the investigative team.