Book Reviews of Lords of the Realm

Lords of the Realm
Lords of the Realm
Author: John Helyar
ISBN-13: 9780345392619
ISBN-10: 0345392612
Publication Date: 1/30/1995
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a good book for anyone wanting to know about the history of baseball. This is from my personal collection. It was only read once.
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This is one of the great behind the scenes tales of Baseball's inner workings. The epic battle between owners and players unfolds in great detail is a easy read.
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the real history of baseball
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Great book on the business of baseball and the men who run the teams. Covers the rise of baseball union and their efforts to win greater wages and benefits for the players. Once started, this effort gained tremendous momentum in the mid-70's and ballplayer salaries began to skyrocket. Yes, the book ends in November 1994, but you pretty much know the story going forward to the present.

This is not a pro-union book per se, but it definately does not paint the baseball owners and General Managers in a shining light. These are businessmen resistant to change, skinflints and worse. Their collective greed killed the golden goose, one of the few protected monopolies, which was followed by reckless spending when the cows (and good sense) left the barn. The system they created, nurtured and protected religiously changed radically and not for the better.

The book is well researched and provides an insider's vantage point to the change from sport to business. Baseball fans desiring to learn about the evolution of the game off the field will find this to be a great read.