Intentional Balk: Baseball's Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating


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Clyde Hill Publishing
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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.58 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel R. Levitt is the author of several award-winning baseball books and numerous essays. His previous books include Paths to Glory; Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees' First Dynasty; The Battle that Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy; and In Pursuit of Pennants. Dan currently serves as treasurer of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and is the co-chair of SABR's Business of Baseball committee. More on Dan can be found at http: //

Mark Armour is an award-winning writer living in Corvallis, Oregon. He is the author or co-author of several previous books on baseball, including Paths to Glory; Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball; Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers; The Great Eight; and In Pursuit of Pennants. For SABR, he founded the Baseball Biography Project and the Baseball Cards Committee, and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. More on Mark can be found at


"Cheating has been the path of progress, in baseball or life itself. The authors of Intentional Balk may raise an eyebrow at this infraction or that one, but they are not moralists. For them, play is serious fun and so is their book."--John Thorn
"From fake foul tips to dugout disguises, sign stealing to sticky stuff, Mark Armour and Daniel Levitt don't miss a trick -- and that's saying something when the subject is baseball, where rule-bending has always been part of the game. Armour and Levitt teamed up for the definitive history of the baseball front office with In Pursuit of Pennants, and now they've written the definitive history of cheating in our national pastime. With meticulous research and a gripping narrative, Armour and Levitt give us a deeper understanding of the nuances between clever gamesmanship and an unfair edge -- and, more broadly, between right and wrong."--Tyler Kepner