"The season's best book so far gets right to the heart of the game's survival at the organizational level." The Boston Globe
"A compelling examination of the national pastime as seen through the prism of the commissioner's office." The Wall Street Journal
"A thoughtful and objective analysis of baseball's labor and economic policy evolution. Interesting, relevant, and a good read." Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees and former chief labor negotiator for MLB
"A tour de force. It's an incredibly interesting read that ends with a vision for the sport that is squarely on target and a clarion call to our industry." John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and member of the MLB Executive Committee
"Those who are determined to have Selig's head on a stick will be disappointed; rational baseball fans will rejoice in this tough but fair view of a decent man in a thankless job." John Thorn, coauthor of Total Baseball
"This thoroughly researched book by one of the foremost authorities on sports business is an oral history of the game through the Office of the Commissioner. Zimbalist provides a fascinating look at the game's history and those who have helped shape it." mlb.com, April 3, 2006
"The best baseball book I've read in forty years." Mike Murphy, 670 The Score, Chicago
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About the Author
ANDREW ZIMBALIST is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. An award-winning writer, media commentator, and consultant in the sports industry, Zimbalist has worked with players' unions, cities, owners, and leagues.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Running a League.
2 The History of the Commissioner’s Role.
3 The First Commissioner: Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
4 The Undistinguished Middle I: From Chandler to Eckert.
5 The Undistinguished Middle II: From Kuhn to Vincent.
6 Bud Selig: A Lifetime in Preparation.
7 Baseball’s Acting Commissioner, 1992–1998.
8 Baseball’s Permanent Commissioner, 1998–.
9 Governing Baseball: Assessing the Past and Anticipating the Future.