Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame

Author: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451676727
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame brings to vivid life the greatest treasures of baseball’s shrine, most of them rarely if ever displayed to visitors. For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is the thrill of a lifetime—no matter how many times you visit. But whether you go only once in your lifetime or make the pilgrimage annually, you’ll never be able to see every treasure in the museum’s collections. With Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame, readers can go behind the scenes to see seldom- or never-displayed items from among the 40,000 treasures in Cooperstown, in addition to some of the most important and popular items on exhibit at the museum—all gorgeously photographed in color. Captions written by Hall of Fame experts explain each object’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it. Here are just a few highlights from the nearly 200 objects in this beautiful book: -An 1887 ball-strike indicator from the only season when it took five balls to walk and four strikes to strike out -Pitcher Harvey Haddix’s glove from the 1959 game when he pitched 12 perfect innings—and lost 1–0 in the 13th -Shoeless Joe Jackson’s shoes -The Wonderboy bat and trombone case that Robert Redford used in The Natural -Rube Waddell’s glove from his 4–2, 20-inning victory over Cy Young on July 4, 1905 -A promissory note from the sale of Babe Ruth by Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert -The bat Joe Carter used to hit his 1993 World Series–ending home run -The oldest known photograph of two baseball teams, the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Excelsiors, taken on a ball field in 1859 Whether you’re a dedicated student of the game’s history or a newcomer to our National Pastime, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame will fascinate you. You’ll find a surprising photograph or a story you didn’t know, complete with new insight into America’s game and culture. Take the trip of a lifetime inside baseball’s national museum and discover the game’s fabulous history—or reawaken beloved memories.

The Case for

Those Overlooked by the Baseball Hall of Fame
Author: Brent P. Kelley
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 324
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In concept the National Baseball Hall of Fame honors the greatest players and contributors to the game. Players such as Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Mays, and Aaron are rightfully enshrined there. Other players--Pee Wee Reese, Jesse Haines, Rube Marquard, et al.--have been elected despite less than overwhelming statistics.Presented here are 39 men who, if measured by the standards applied to the second-tier players elected, deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Through an objective analysis of their statistics and importance to their teams or to baseball, the careers of the players, coaches, umpires, and managers included are seen to equal or surpass many of those players already anointed. Numerous charts compare the prospective Hall of Famers with those previously elected at that position.

Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame

the official companion to the collection at Cooperstown
Author: John Thorn,National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: Villard Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 237
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A lavishly illustrated compendium of the finest memorabilia and artifacts of America's national pastime examines the treasures of the museum of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, accompanied by commentary on each of the pieces. 35,000 first printing.

Cooperstown Confidential

Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Author: Zev Chafets
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608191093
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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If baseball is America's national religion, then the Hall of Fame is its High Church. Being named among its 286 inductees makes you the closest thing our country has to an undisputed hero - even a secular saint. But the men in the Hall of Fame are no angels. Among their number are gamblers, drunks, race-baiters, at least one murderer, and perhaps the greatest collection of bona fide characters ever to be dignified by an honor of any kind. This is the book the Hall of Fame deserves. Along with the story of the institution comes a smart, irreverent discussion of some of the great barstool questions of all time (Why did Jim Bunning make the Hall but not Mickey Lolich? How much is it worth to a player's autograph-signing career to get in? Did Ty Cobb really kill somebody?) and a fresh look at some of the Hall's most and least admirable characters. Taken in all, it amounts to a shadow history of America's Game, shown through the prism of its most sacred spot. Written with a deep love of the game and a hardened skeptic's eye, this is a book to incite both passionate conversation and a fresh appreciation of baseball as a mirror and catalyst for our nation's culture.

The Garage Sale Millionaire

Make Money with Hidden Finds from Garage Sales to Storage Unit Auctions and Everything in Between
Author: Aaron LaPedis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118408004
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 258
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The get rich guide to garage sale foraging and urban treasure hunting Garage sales, thrifts stores, and storage unit auctions can be gold mines for those who know what they're looking for, and The Garage Sale Millionaire gives readers everything they need to dig deep and win big. Written by two expert collectors with more than sixty years of combined experience, the book is packed with need-to-know information and insider tips that would-be treasure hunters can use to track down hard to find lost treasures, hidden gems, and coveted collectible items which, upon resale, can yield a fortune. Giving even the most inexperienced collector the skills and expertise to buy, value, and sell their way to success, the book shows how anyone can turn garage sale garbage into cash. Newly revised and updated, The Garage Sale Millionaire also explains how to get the most bang for your buck when reselling—by holding the greatest garage sale ever. Presents exclusive insider tips on how to track down hidden treasures Reveals the best ways to resell at profit Explains how to use eBay & Craigslist for profit Includes an in-depth glossary on collecting for on-the-go advice Explains how to make money at storage unit auctions & thrift stores Essential reading for anyone interested in collecting, bargain hunting, or just making some money, The Garage Sale Millionaire will change the way you see garage sales forever.

A Biographical Dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Author: John C. Skipper
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 346
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In January 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson became charter members in an exclusive club: the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. By 1998 the membership had grown to 237 players, managers, coaches, umpires, executives, writers and broadcasters. This biographical dictionary provides pertinent information on all 237 of the Hall of Fame inductees. Statistical summaries are complemented by revealing insights into little-publicized aspects of the careers of baseball's greatest achievers. A brief history of the Hall of Fame is also included.

Out by a Step

The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Author: Mike Shalin
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 324
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Highlights one hundred great baseball players not selected for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, including Maury Wills, Ron Santo, and Dave Parker.

101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out

Author: Josh Pahigian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493016474
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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A brand new edition of the finalist for the 2008 Casey Award, presented annually to the best baseball book, 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out profiles America’s greatest baseball museums, shrines, sports bars, pop culture landmarks and ballpark sites. From sandlots and skyboxes to TV rooms and sports bars, America’s love for baseball has inspired countless memories, discussions, and tributes. Josh Pahigian takes us across America to explore the places where the game’s history, culture, and lore come to life. Whether we travel by car or sit in the comfort of our favorite armchair, the book guides us to 101 amazing baseball places—including Ted Williams’ boyhood home, the Field of Dreams movie site, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Chicago bar where the Cubs’ “Curse of the Billy Goat” was born, Babe Ruth’s grave, and scores of other captivating landmarks and curios. Replacing the now-extinct sites from the previous edition, updating entries for attractions that have moved, re-assigning coveted chapters to more inspiring baseball venues that have since opened, and including stunning color photos for nearly all of them, Josh Pahigian has created the perfect gift for any baseball fan.

More Ghosts in the Gallery

Another Sixteen Little-Known Greats at Cooperstown
Author: David L. Fleitz
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786480623
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 264
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An irony of enshrinement at the baseball Hall of Fame is that it’s no guarantee of lasting name recognition. The sport’s history stretches too far back, as today fans scratch their heads about athletes and owners who were among the most celebrated public figures of their time. Who was more renowned than George Wright, baseball’s greatest star during the transition from amateur to professional play? Who was more feared than Big Dan Brouthers? Maybe it was Amos Rusie, who threw so hard that some say the rules makers increased the pitching distance just to make things fair. . Of the 256 players, managers and executives in the Hall of Fame, the names that are known well—Ty Cobb, Connie Mack, Willie Mays—account for a small minority. This book, a follow-up to Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown (2004), provides chapter-length biographies on 16 Hall of Famers from baseball’s distant past. Award–winning biographer David Fleitz covers in detail the lives and careers of Negro League (Hilton Smith) and pre–Negro League greats (Cristóbal Torriente and Smokey Joe Williams), big leaguers from the 19th century (Wright, Brouthers, Rusie, Mickey Welch, Tommy McCarthy, Tim Keefe, Joe Kelley, Billy Hamilton, and Sam Thompson) and stars from the deadball era through the Second World War (Jimmy Collins, Sam Rice, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughan). For some, it is the first time their stories appear in print.

Pitching in a Pinch

Baseball from the Inside
Author: Christy Mathewson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101614390
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 192
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An inside baseball memoir from the game’s first superstar, with a foreword by Chad Harbach Christy Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “Five Immortals,” he was an unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelve straight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series. Pitching in a Pinch, his witty and digestible book of baseball insights, stories, and wisdom, was first published over a hundred years ago and presents readers with Mathewson’s plainspoken perspective on the diamond of yore—on the players, the chances they took, the jinxes they believed in, and, most of all, their love of the game. Baseball fans will love to read first-hand accounts of the infamous Merkle’s Boner incident, Giants manager John McGraw, and the unstoppable Johnny Evers and to learn how much—and just how little—has really changed in a hundred years. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports

Author: George Allen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1596986352
Category: Political Science
Page: 174
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Politics and sports: they’re two of America’s greatest passions. And George Allen—former U.S. Senator, former Virginia Governor, and son of the great NFL coach George Allen, Sr.—brings these two worlds together in his new book, What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports. Having spent his life with one foot in the sports arena and the other in the political arena, Allen brings his unique perspective and experiences to What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports. Through personal stories, anecdotes, and interviews, Allen draws both parallels and contrasts between two of our nation’s favorite passions. From national security, to wasteful government spending, to judicial activism, Allen proves that our government need look no further than the football field, baseball diamond, or basketball court to solve today’s pressing problems.What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sportsshows what Washington can learn from the greatest moments—and failures—in sports, as well as from the spirit and principles of fair play, hard work, and keeping score.


The Baseball Hall of Fame
Author: Lowell Reidenbaugh
Publisher: Random House Value Pub
ISBN: 9780517187821
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 368
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Depicts the careers and achievements of outstanding professional baseball players, managers, and officials

The Metrosexual

Gender, Sexuality, and Sport
Author: David Coad
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791474105
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 214
View: 2004

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Explores the cultural significance of the metrosexual in sports.

The Chalmers Race

Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession
Author: Rick Huhn
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803273762
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 328
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In 1910 auto magnate Hugh Chalmers offered an automobile to the baseball player with the highest batting average that season. What followed was a batting race unlike any before or since, between the greatest but most despised hitter, Detroit’s Ty Cobb, and the American League’s first superstar, Cleveland’s popular Napoleon Lajoie. The Chalmers Race captures the excitement of this strange contest—one that has yet to be resolved. The race came down to the last game of the season, igniting more interest among fans than the World Series and becoming a national obsession. Rick Huhn re-creates the drama that ensued when Cobb, thinking the prize safely his, skipped the last two games, and Lajoie suspiciously had eight hits in a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns. Although initial counts favored Lajoie, American League president Ban Johnson, the sport’s last word, announced Cobb the winner, and amid the controversy both players received cars. The Chalmers Race details a story of dubious scorekeeping and statistical systems, of performances and personalities in conflict, of accurate results coming in seventy years too late, and of a contest settled not by play on the field but by human foibles.

Baseball For Dummies

Author: Joe Morgan,Richard Lally
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118054377
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 460
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Three Finger

The Mordecai Brown Story
Author: Cindy Thomson,Scott Brown
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803244487
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 250
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On October 8, 1908, Mordecai Brown clutched a half-dozen notes inside his coat pocket. The message of each was clear: We’ll kill you if you pitch and beat the Giants. A black handprint marked each note, the signature of the Italian Mafia. Mordecai Brown—dubbed “Three Finger” because of a childhood farm injury—was the dominant pitcher for the great Chicago Cubs team of the early twentieth century, a team that from 1906 through 1910 was arguably the best in baseball history. Brown’s handicap enabled him to throw pitches with an unconventional movement that left batters bewildered—the curve ball that Ty Cobb once called “the most devastating” he had ever faced. How Brown responded to the Mafia’s threats in 1908 mirrored the way he took life in general: with unflappable courage and resolve. Telling his story for the first time, Cindy Thomson and Scott Brown trail Mordecai from the Indiana countryside to the coal mines, from semipro ball to the Majors, from the World Series mound back down to the Minors. Along the way they retrieve the lost lore of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers—and chronicle one man’s determination to reach a dream that most believed was unreachable.

How to Be Like Jackie Robinson

Life Lessons from Baseball's Greatest Hero
Author: Pat Williams,Mike Sielski
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757301738
Category: Self-Help
Page: 242
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Based on more than one thousand interviews, this inspirational biography profiles the baseball great's amazing life and draws lessons from his experiences that can directly apply to practical, everyday improvements and personal success. Original.

My Mother's Dream

Baseball with the Bankers
Author: Bill Lightle
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
ISBN: 1936107848
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 150
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A beautifully written story about friendship, love, and ball players from a small Indiana town who played with big hearts.

America on Trial

Inside the Legal Battles That Transformed Our Nation
Author: Alan M. Dershowitz
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0759511039
Category: Law
Page: 608
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The renowned attorney and bestselling author reveals how notable trials throughout our history have helped to shape our nation. Offering insights into the human condition, these trials serve as a historical document, chronicling the struggles and passions of their time.