Melissa Rose Bernardo
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Derek Zumsteg
publisher
Houghton Mifflin
genre
Sports, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

The Pitch Derek Zumsteg’s The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball is an irreverent history of (and instructional guide to) spitballing, bat corking, sign stealing, and other practices that ”made baseball into what it is today.”

Curveball Using performance-enhancing drugs ”is not nearly as wrong as game fixing,” insists Zumsteg. ”Someone using steroids is trying to play better, not tamper with the essential nature of the contest.” Somewhere, Barry Bonds is smiling.

Final Score A stand-up double. B

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