Conscience of the Game [NOOK Book]

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Baseball once evoked all that was wholesome and sound in the world of sports: team spirit and fair play. But recently the national pastime has exemplified much of what is wrong with the American sporting scene, from steroid abuse and conflicts of interest to antitrust maneuvers and gambling scandals. In one fan’s journey across the often unforgiving and frequently mysterious terrain known as “the best interests of the game,” this book examines the office of the commissioner of baseball and offers a fair and ...
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Overview

Baseball once evoked all that was wholesome and sound in the world of sports: team spirit and fair play. But recently the national pastime has exemplified much of what is wrong with the American sporting scene, from steroid abuse and conflicts of interest to antitrust maneuvers and gambling scandals. In one fan’s journey across the often unforgiving and frequently mysterious terrain known as “the best interests of the game,” this book examines the office of the commissioner of baseball and offers a fair and original assessment of how—or whether—the commissioner truly acts as the conscience of America’s game.

Written in a style at once conversational and provocative, and informed by the history of the game, the office, and the nine men who have held it, The Conscience of the Game looks at the office of baseball commissioner from its beginnings in 1920 to the present. Throughout, Larry Moffi addresses the fundamental issues of the office’s relevance and effectiveness today. He responds to a critical question: With the office a mere arm of the corporation that operates major league baseball and the present commissioner vilified as no predecessor has been, what can be done now to return the office to the game—and to the fans—it purports to serve?

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Library Journal
An 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.
—Gilles Renaud
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803207141
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 298 KB

Meet the Author

Larry Moffi is the author of five previous books, including Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947–1959, and This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s.
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