Two days shy of two years ago I found a dog-eared copy of John Helyar’s classic book on the business of baseball, The Lords of the Realm, randomly discarded atop a community newspaper box, as if waiting for me to walk by and claim it. I’d never read LOTR, but it quickly became one of my favorites. Published in 1995, at a time before the players’ strike had even been settled, the book nonetheless remains relevant and readable, the easiest reading of any 600+ page book I’ve ever come across.
Though he’s never done a follow-up book, Helyar is back writing about baseball via an ESPN article on the convoluted Braves sale between Time Warner and Liberty Media. Head over to BP Unfiltered for my quick blog hit on the piece and Helyar’s book.