The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca is a pretty exceptional little sports book. It delves into a side of baseball that most people are completely unaware of.
The stories in this book are fantastic. I’ve read dozens upon dozens of baseball books throughout my life but the stories never get old and I always thirst for more. This book did not disappoint and in fact, it was loaded with stories, most of which are new to me, as they are stories that peer behind the curtain of baseball that the general public isn’t typically allowed to see.
Have you ever wondered why that insignificant seeming infielder got deliberately beaned by that pitcher or why the entire team clears the bench to rumble when a batter sucker punches a pitcher? What’s with all that pine tar? Well, this book answers those questions and more – giving you unparalleled insight into what it truly means to be a ballplayer and to understand the code they all live by.
Turbow’s writing is stellar and he has a way with words that paints a mesmerizing picture with each baseball tale he passes on between the pages of this book. It goes so in-depth yet leaves you wanting more. For me, it left me with an even bigger level of respect for the players on the field, as well as a better understanding of their behavior.
If you truly are a fan of the game, this book is definitely a must read.