Cover image for The game according to Syd : the theories and teachings of baseball's leading innovator
The game according to Syd : the theories and teachings of baseball's leading innovator
Thrift, Syd.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Simon and Schuster, [1990]

Physical Description:
304 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV875.7 .T47 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This book might have a little more appeal if Thrift hadn't recently been fired as general manager of the Yankees. Still, his 40-year baseball career is of more importance than his current business address. Thrift has been a minor-league player, a scout, and a general manager. He's best known to the public for recently reviving the moribund Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. He was also the first director of Kansas City's Baseball Academy, a pioneering effort in baseball instruction. Basically, the book is Thrift's theory of baseball success. While it won't replace In Search of Excellence, this will provide fans with insight into the complex structure necessary for high achievement on the diamond. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

In 30-plus years as a scout, scouting director and general manager with Kansas City, Oakland, Pittsburgh and the Yankees, Thrift gained a reputation as one of baseball's brightest executives. Much of this resulted from his successes with the Kansas City Royals' Baseball Academy, a research and development facility, and with the Pirates, where in three years he turned a losing team into a contender for the pennant. Writing with Shapiro, former editor of Sport , he presents his views on hitting, base running, pitching and fielding and shows the positive results he has obtained by enlisting sports psychologists, kinesiologists, nutritionists and financial advisors to aid his players. The average fan will find the first half of the book too technical, but when the authors get down to such aspects of the general manager's job as making trades, it is absorbing. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With the help of former Sport Magazine editor Shapiro, Thrift, the mastermind behind the rebuilding of the moribund Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, reflects on the role of the general manager in baseball, concentrating on the evaluation, procurement, and instruction of players. He maintains that success comes to those who are innovative, an uncommon trait in a sport dominated by antiquated training methods and an overabundance of marketing and promotional gimmicks. He also recounts his brief stint working under New York Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner, which resulted in a clash of styles and Thrift's departure from the team. Thrift has firm views regarding the function of this often misunderstood position, and offers fresh insight into the game's front-office operations.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.