The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime

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Rounder Books, 2007 - History - 216 pages
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Roger Abrams latest book discusses the vices of baseball and how they reflect American society. The Dark Side of the Diamond relates little-known parts of baseball history, presenting evidence of game-fixing and gambling dating to the mid-19th century. Cobb, Ruth, Mantle, Rose, and Bonds are both idols and flawed human beings. While baseball can teach young people resourcefulness, fortitude, teamwork and pride, it is just as likely to instruct them in violence, disparagement, cheating, and human frailty.

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In the Beginning
Gambling on the National Game
Game Fixing

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