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Library JournalAn examination of the office and (officeholders) of the commissioner of Major League Baseball and a critical review of the head of MLB Inc., its present-day incarnation, this promises to provide a rich and engaging account of what is grand about the game and what "grand mal" afflicts it as well. Unfortunately, it fails to deliver, even though the author enjoyed previous success as a historian of the sport. Indeed, the unifying thread is either too thin (and discursive) at times to sustain the reader's interest or is too thick and serves to block our view of the interplay between the various actors and their interests. The information amassed is quite impressive, but its organization and presentation lack rigor; constant repetition mars one's enjoyment. Factually, Commissioner Landis ought to have been criticized more vigorously for hindering the sale of teams to Bill Veeck, thus to thwart Veeck's plans for integration. In sum, these eight chapters are interesting, but the total is disappointing. Recommended only for the most specialized of sports libraries.