Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner

Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner

by Bowie Kuhn
     
 

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When Bowie Kuhn became baseball commissioner in 1969, attendance at games was declining, labor disputes were flaring, and many teams were suffering from poor management and marketing. Fifteen years later, when Kuhn retired, the sport was flourishing. Kuhn had overseen tumultuous changes issuing from a challenge to the reserve clause, the 1981 strike, escalated

Overview

When Bowie Kuhn became baseball commissioner in 1969, attendance at games was declining, labor disputes were flaring, and many teams were suffering from poor management and marketing. Fifteen years later, when Kuhn retired, the sport was flourishing. Kuhn had overseen tumultuous changes issuing from a challenge to the reserve clause, the 1981 strike, escalated salaries, free agency, and his controversial rulings on matters ranging from gambling to broadcasting. In Hardball Kuhn reveals how the decisions were made and forthrightly challenges his detractors. The commissioner offers many colorful anecdotes and strong opinions about baseball’s greatest legends from Jackie Robinson to Howard Cosell.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

"In many ways a remarkable book. . . . What Mr. Kuhn is most blessed with as a memoirist is precisely what made his life so hard as a commissioner—a cast of characters Dickens would have envied."—Daniel Okrent, New York Times Book Review

— Daniel Okrent

Washington Post Book World

"Kuhn is a person of decided opinions, and he expresses them here with a candor that baseball fans will find quite winning."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

— Jonathan Yardley

Sports Illustrated

"Intimate insights into the wheeling and dealing that takes place behind the scenes in big-league baseball. Kuhn tells all, and the title of his book means what it says. . . . Hardball is a revelation—and an education."—Robert W. Creamer, Sports Illustrated

— Robert W. Creamer

New York Times Book Review - Daniel Okrent
"In many ways a remarkable book. . . . What Mr. Kuhn is most blessed with as a memoirist is precisely what made his life so hard as a commissioner—a cast of characters Dickens would have envied."—Daniel Okrent, New York Times Book Review
Washington Post Book World - Jonathan Yardley
"Kuhn is a person of decided opinions, and he expresses them here with a candor that baseball fans will find quite winning."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
Sports Illustrated - Robert W. Creamer
"Intimate insights into the wheeling and dealing that takes place behind the scenes in big-league baseball. Kuhn tells all, and the title of his book means what it says. . . . Hardball is a revelation—and an education."—Robert W. Creamer, Sports Illustrated

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803277847
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
461
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

In a new afterword to this Bison Books edition, Bowie Kuhn (1969-2007), gives his take on the state of baseball since his retirement as commissioner in 1984.

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