With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball's informal rulebook,<i>The Baseball Codes</i> is a must for every fan.<br><br> 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 (don't steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (don't cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter's box). In<i>The Baseball Codes</i>, 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. <br><br> At the heart of this book are incredible and often hilarious stories involving national heroes, like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, and notorious headhunters, like Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale, in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With<i>The Baseball Codes</i>, we see for the first time the game as it's actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field.