The Code: Baseball's Unwritten Rules and It's Ignore-At-Your-Own-Risk Code of Conduct

The Code: Baseball's Unwritten Rules and It's Ignore-At-Your-Own-Risk Code of Conduct


By (author) Ross Bernstein, Foreword by Rob Dibble, Foreword by Torii Hunter, Foreword by Jack Morris


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  • Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1600780105
  • ISBN 13: 9781600780103
  • Sales rank: 1,493,862

Product description

Hockey has always been a sport steeped in a culture of violence, and players universally calibrate the level of physical contact by adhering to unwritten rules known simply as The Code. As mysterious as it is sacred, The Code is the bible of hockey sportsmanship that is handed down from generation to generation. The Code picks up where the rulebook leaves off and fills in the gaps, all in an effort to govern the game and its players--allowing them to compete in a manner deemed fair and respectful. To fully understand the significance and history behind The Code, Ross Bernstein, author of more than 30 sports books, interviewed more than 50 current and former NHL players, coaches, and media personalities. Their insights and stories explain why fighting is allowed in the National Hockey League and how The Code allows the players to police themselves both on and off the ice. That is what The Code is all about--respect, accountability, pride, and honor.

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Author information

Ross Bernstein is the bestselling author of 40 sports books and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs. His work has been featured on "CNN," "ESPN," "the Wall Street Journal," and "USA Today." As a sought-after motivational speaker, he speaks to corporations and groups across the country about the inspirational legacy of the late Herb Brooks, Hall of Fame coach of the fabled 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Rob Dibble is a former major League Baseball pitcher and a television analyst. Torii Hunter is a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jack Morris is a former major League Baseball pitcher.