Overall, I found this an engaging, educational, and entertaining walk through baseball history. Disputes between labor and management were solved not by federal mediators but by Pinkerton thugs. Baseball''s growth and profitability ultimately drew backers for a new league in 1914. It's up to the owners to control themselves. Every few years, these events replayed themselves.
The 70's and 80's are kind of an underserved baseball era. I beg John Helyar to write a follow up an This is an incredible book. A must-read for baseball fans and for anyone who would like to know how the very wealthy and the very ambitious manage the business of America's national pastime. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. This is a deep dive on the history of labor relations in baseball and is impressively thorough. Meanwhile, the owners found their own resolve had weakened as clients refused to purchase advertising for games that weren't going to be played. Excellent portraits of Miller, Walter O'Malley, Charlie Finley and the surprisingly vicious Fay Vincent.
One also also comes away with an altered perception of the sport's problems. It formed the Players National League, to begin play in 1890. I'm going to suggest this book for a next book club A meticulously researched economic history of baseball from the mid-50s to 1994, focusing on labor relations. That, and the subsequent decades are, of course, not included. When the book ends, a labor dispute is avoided, the Orioles are the richest team in baseball, The book takes a long time to get fro the history to the reporting.
The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the lords of the realm helyar john gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. It would consist of the president of each league, plus a third member to be agreed upon by them. Behind the scenes looks at the personalities from Walter O'Malley to George Steinbrenner to Fay Vincent to Bud Selig reveal why the players make what they do as salaries. The weakness in this book just comes from the happenstance of timing. How did I miss this gem when it came out in the mid 1990s? Through anecdotes, quotes from owners, players, labor leaders, agents, we learn about the gritty greenback-side of America's Pastime. He also draws deft portraits of the main actors throughout. Bartlett Giamatti, locking horns with Pete Rose during his gambling days of summer; and much more.
It's all here; the building up of the union by Marvin Miller, the Curt Flood case, Andy Messersmith, and ownership collusion at the end of the 1980s. The result is an interesting and easy to understand history of the labor relations movement in major league baseball. Learning about the unions and labor relations. The author clearly knows what's going on. The book takes a long time to get fro the history to the reporting.
As baseball grew into a bigger commercial enterprise, money dominated headlines and the public consciousness. This book explains--no, not merely telling us--that would be dull! But what you see on the field is only half the game. Through the decades, we meet and get to know players, owners, and commissioners. How did I miss this gem when it came out in the mid 1990s? I wanted to know why players negotiated for such huge contracts--and we, the fans always grouse about that. Bartlett Giamatti, locking horns with Pete Rose during his gambling days of summer; and much more. Lords of the Realm takes a mostly non-partisan look at the owner treatment of players and eventual player response to owners as Helyar chronicles decade after decade, year after year, and ultimately meeting after meeting of the rise of, perhaps, the most powerful union in North America.
While modern readers may be aware of what happened, a follow-up much like Ken Burns' 10th Inning documentary would be a welcome option for a new edition of this book. I understand that a subsequent edition included a chapter on the strike, which would be a very interesting conclusion. In this fascinating, colorful chronicle -- based on hundreds of interviews and years of research and digging -- John Helyar brings to vivid life the extraordinary people and dramatic events that shaped America's favorite pastime, from the dead-ball days at the turn of the century through the great strike of 1994. Unfortunately it ends right as the '94 strike is beginning, so how that was resolved isn't covered. Two drawbacks to the book. It ushered in a new way of doing business in baseball: a central office in New York and an aim to curb the chaos that afflicted the previous league.
This book was written 25 years ago so the transition to the 21st century will have to be documented elsewhere. Lords of the Realm takes a mostly non-partisan look at the owner treatment of players and eventual player response to owners as Helyar chronicles decade after decade, year after year, and ultimately meeting after meeting of the rise of, perhaps, the most powerful union in North America. But if it wasn''t a stable business, it was well on its way to becoming the national pastime. In doing so, the author makes sure that we understand the the points of view of the players and their chosen representatives especially Marvin Miller and, to the best of his ability, that of the owners. Bush was a transitional figure, since he did both.