The Pine Tar Game Still A Sticky Subject

Aug 18, 2015

Cheating in baseball nowadays usually means performance enhancing drugs or even front office hacking. Back in 1983, however, the sport had one of its strangest and most memorable days when encroaching pine tar nullified a game-winning home run — at least temporarily.

The scene was Yankee Stadium, and our guest was there covering the game. Now a longtime columnist for the New York Daily News, Filip Bondy covers the wacky scene in the Bronx and the weeks-long legal battle that followed in his new book The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, The New York Yankees, And Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy.