NEW LOCATION: Filip Bondy will discuss The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball's Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Filip Bondy will discuss his New Book The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball's Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Filip Bondy has been a sports columnist for The New York Daily News for more than twenty years, regularly covering the Olympics, the World Cup, and Wimbledon.  Before that, he was an Olympics writer for The New York Times.  Bondy’s previous Books include a look at the watershed NBA draft (Tip Off) and a lighthearted view of the worst players in Major League Baseball history (Who’s on Worst?).

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out an illegal amount of pine tar--the sticky substance used for a better grip--on Royals third baseman George Brett's bat.  Brett wildly charged out of the dugout and chaos ensued.  The call temporarily cost the Royals the game, but the decision was eventually overturned, resulting in a resumption of the game several weeks later that created its own hysteria.

The Pine Tar Game chronicles this watershed moment, marking a pivot in the sport, when benign cheating tactics, like spitballs,  Superball bats, and a couple extra inches of tar on an ash bat, gave way to era of soaring salaries, labor struggles, and rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs.  Filip Bondy paints a portrait of the Yankees and Royals of that era, featuring two diametrically opposed owners, in George Steinbrenner and Ewing Kauffman; a host of bad actors and phenomenal athletes; and lots of yelling. Players and club officials like Brett, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, Sparky Lyle, David Cone, and John Schuerholz offer fresh commentary on the events along with their take on a rivalry that culminated in one of the most iconic baseball tantrums of all time.  Rush Limbaugh, employed by the Royals at the time as a promotions director, offers his own insider's perspective.

Through this one fateful game, the ensuing protest, and ultimate fallout, The Pine Tar Game examines a more innocent time in professional sports, as well as the shifting tide that gave us today's modern iteration of baseball.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

NEW LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Chapel, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Filip Bondy will discuss his New Book The Pine Tar Game and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Autographed Hardcover of The Pine Tar Game, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

Admission Packages are available for purchase through the links below.  You can also Order anytime In-Store at our Sales & Service Counter, or call us at 913-384-3126 to place a Phone Order.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for The Pine Tar Game  is Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  Books and Tickets will be available for in-store pickup beginning Tuesday, July 21, 2015.


Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Charles Fillmore Chapel
707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

ADMITS TWO: Includes One Hardcover of The Pine Tar Game, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket.


ADMITS ONE: Includes One Hardcover of The Pine Tar Gameand One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

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