The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy

The Pine Tar Game

I received a republication copy of this book (July 21, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages along with NetGalley, Amazon and Goodreads.

I requested this book because I am an avid New York Yankee’s fan and I was interested on how one baseball play could be turned into a book. It is the first book by Filip Bondy that I have read.

The book overall is a disappointment. The game itself, of which there is not much in the book, does not surface until more than halfway through the book.  The first half of the book attempts to lay the groundwork of the individuals involved in the controversy. Unfortunately, the author beats this part to death and is repetitive on a number of points as if the reader will not get it the first or second time they read it (i.e. – the George Steinbrenner – Billy Martin relationship).

In summary, this is a short story stretched out into a book.

I would recommend this to anyone who is unfamiliar with the Pine Tar Game and the various characters connected to it.


About caseywheeler

My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
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