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 Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book


Author: Gerald Astor
Publisher: Fireside
ISBN: 9780671761707
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 356
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Presents historical photographs and original essays on Hall of Fame players by nine of the country's finest baseball writers.

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
ISBN: N.A
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.

The Cooperstown Casebook

Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques
Author: Jay Jaffe
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466882182
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 368
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame’s membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so dissected. Since its founding in 1936, the Hall of Fame’s standards for election have been nebulous, and its selection processes arcane, resulting in confusion among voters, not to mention mistakes in who has been recognized and who has been bypassed. Numerous so-called “greats” have been inducted despite having not been so great, while popular but controversial players such as all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and all-time hits leader Pete Rose are on the outside looking in. Now, in The Cooperstown Casebook, Jay Jaffe shows us how to use his revolutionary ranking system to ensure the right players are recognized. The foundation of Jaffe’s approach is his JAWS system, an acronym for the Jaffe WAR Score, which he developed over a decade ago. Through JAWS, each candidate can be objectively compared on the basis of career and peak value to the players at his position who are already in the Hall of Fame. Because of its utility, JAWS has gained an increasing amount of exposure in recent years. Through his analysis, Jaffe shows why the Hall of Fame still matters and how it can remain relevant in the 21st century.

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution
Author: Brian Kenny
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150110635X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 368
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MLB Network host and commentator Brian Kenny uses stories from baseball's present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic, even when directly contradicted by evidence.

Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame


Author: Bill James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439108374
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 464
View: 2000

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Arguing about the merits of players is the baseball fan's second favorite pastime and every year the Hall of Fame elections spark heated controversy. In a book that's sure to thrill--and infuriate--countless fans, Bill James takes a hard look at the Hall, probing its history, its politics and, most of all, its decisions.

Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs

A Reference Guide
Author: Ron Keurajian
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078649302X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 248
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For experts and beginning collectors alike, here is a definitive guide to authentication of Baseball Hall of Fame autographs, one of the most sought-after forms of baseball memorabilia. In addition to discussing the ins and outs of collecting these autographs, and pitfalls to avoid, the book provides an entry on each Hall of Famer analyzing his signing style, the rarity of his autograph, the existence of known forgeries, and the current value of the autograph. Richly illustrated, the studies show examples of signatures from various periods of a Hall of Famer’s life, as well as forgeries. Collectors will be able to examine signatures in their collection and determine if they own a forgery. No previous book has approached the level of detail to be found herein.

Induction Day at Cooperstown

A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony
Author: Dennis Corcoran
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786491477
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 282
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Nearly every year since 1939, baseball's most outstanding players, umpires, pioneers and executives have been enshrined at Cooperstown in a public ceremony attracting thousands of fans from across (and sometimes beyond) the United States. Whether conferred by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Veterans Committee, or in the case of 17 Negro League greats in 2006, an ad hoc committee of historians, Hall of Fame membership is the game's highest honor. This book covers the origins and history of the Hall of Fame museum and its election process, provides general information on each ye.

Fred Clarke

A Biography of the Baseball Hall of Fame Player-Manager
Author: Ronald T. Waldo
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786460164
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 252
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Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945, Fred Clarke began his career in 1894 with a record day at the plate, going 5 for 5. He would go on to play for 21 years spending most of that time as the player-manager of the Pirates, a team he led to four pennants and one World Series Championship (1909).

They Tasted Glory

Among the Missing at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Author: Wil A. Linkugel,Edward J. Pappas
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786404841
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 255
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For one brief period in the early 1940s, Pete Reiser was the equal of any outfielder in baseball, even Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, but his penchant for running into outfield walls while playing defense prematurely ended his journey to Cooperstown. Pitcher Herb Score was a brilliant pitcher until a Gil McDougald line drive shelved his career. And Thurman Munson was one of the game's best catchers in the late 1970s until a tragic plane crash ended his life. These three players and fourteen others (Smoky Joe Wood, Vean Gregg, Kirby Puckett, Hal Trotsky, Tony Oliva, Paul Dean, Ewell Blackwell, David Ferris, Steve Busby, J.R. Richard, Tony Conigliaro, Johnny Beazley, Mark Fidrych, and Lyman Bostock) enjoyed brilliant careers--potentially worthy of the Hall of Fame--that were cut short by injury, illness or death. Some enjoyed several seasons of success only to see their playing days end just short of numbers worthy of Cooperstown; others enjoyed only a season or two of brilliance. The profiles concentrate on the players' accomplishments and speculate on how their careers might have developed if they had continued.

The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball's Greats

In Stories and Images, the Complete Roster of Inductees
Author: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316213039
Category: Photography
Page: 624
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A deluxe baseball treasury unlike any other, complete with essays, photos, and player bios from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Everyone dreams of Cooperstown. It's a hallowed name in baseball, for players as well as their fans. It's a house where legends live; it's everything that's great about the game. Never before has the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum published a complete registry of inductees with plaques, photographs, and extended biographies. In this unique, 75th anniversary edition, read the stories of every player inducted into the Hall, organized by position. Each section begins with an original essay by a living Hall of Famer who played that position: Hank Aaron, George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount.

Big Ed Walsh

The Life and Times of a Spitballing Hall of Famer
Author: Jack Smiles
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786484292
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 238
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This biography closely describes Walshs life and 14-year playing career, with special discussion of the spitball, a pitch that profoundly affected his fortunes--and ultimately his arm. The years 1905-1911 are explored in depth, especially his contributions to the 1906 world champion White Sox and his prominent role in the now-famous 1908 pennant race.

Baseball as America

seeing ourselves through our national game
Author: National Geographic Society (U.S.),National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: National Geographic
ISBN: N.A
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 320
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The official companion, filled with stunning original and archival photographs, to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's groundbreaking four-year travelling exhibition pays tribute to America's favorite national pasttime by featuring over thirty essays by writers, players, scholars, and fans, revealing how baseball has had a profound impact on the evolution of American culture.

Game 7, 1986

Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life
Author: Ron Darling,Daniel Paisner
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 146687810X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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New York Times Bestseller Every little kid who's ever taken the mound in Little League dreams of someday getting the ball for Game Seven of the World Series. Ron Darling got to live that dream - only it didn't go exactly as planned. In New York Times bestselling Game 7, 1986, the award-winning baseball analyst looks back at what might have been a signature moment in his career, and reflects on the ways professional athletes must sometimes shoulder a personal disappointment as his team finds a way to win. Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship season, Darling's book will break down one of baseball's great "forgotten" games - a game that stands as a thrilling, telling and tantalizing exclamation point to one of the best-remember seasons in Major League Baseball history. Working once again with New York Times best-selling collaborator Daniel Paisner, who teamed with the former All-Star pitcher on his acclaimed 2009 memoir Game 7, 1986, Darling offers a book for the thinking baseball fan, a chance to reflect on what it means to compete at the game's highest level, with everything on the line.

Fastball John


Author: John D'Acquisto
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692750278
Category:
Page: 560
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From his status as the #17 pick overall in the 1970 June draft in the shadow of his induction notice to his post-game minor league antics with Goose Gossage, Gorman Thomas and Charlie "Country Chuck" Manuel, former Rookie Pitcher of the Year John D'Acquisto explores the free love and "free agency" of 1972 California; the tragedy at Spring Training '74; John's role as a pawn in the struggle for clubhouse power between manager Charlie Fox and Bobby Bonds; deep inside the untold story of the Bob Gibson/D'Acquisto pitching duels; the endless nightlife and shady characters of 1976 San Francisco; the despair of ex-major leaguers deserted in the 1977 AAA baseball purgatory of sunny Honolulu; the backroom dealings between players and management ahead of the 1981 players' strike, and the fateful meeting between John and his former owner that may have derailed his career. "Heinie." Randy. Buzzie. "Sweet Matt." "Davvy." Marvin. "Mac." Juan. Jimmie Reese. Gibby & Torre. "Moff." Keith. "Onti." "Ras." Pete. "Simba" & Geno, among many others along for the ride. Featuring a foreword by popular 70's baseball historian Dan Epstein and flavored by music of the era. If you love the narrative structure of cable dramas like Mad Men and House of Cards, then you will adore this rich, period love story between a man and his profession.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac

2018 Edition
Author: Baseball America and the Baseball Hall of Fame
Publisher: Baseball America
ISBN: 9781932391794
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 552
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A book for baseball fans of all ages, the Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac brings history to life on every page, with biographies and vivid photographs of every player in the Hall of Fame. You'll get all the stories, all the stats, all the vitals, all the plaques, all you need to know about everyone in the Hall--including the new class that will be inducted in July 2018. Players, managers and executives are included. Baseball's most hallowed hall comes alive in the pages of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac. Every player in the Hall of Fame gets a two-page spread featuring a biography, vitals including awards and postseason appearances, complete career statistics, a full-color, full-page photograph, and an image of their Hall of Fame plaque. Each executive, manager and umpire gets a featured space as well, so everyone of the more than 300 people in the Hall gets their place in the sun. The 2018 edition will include full biographies on all the new inductees, as well as plenty of new photographs. Whether you've been to the Hall of Fame many times or just want to learn more about the players who have reached the pinnacle of baseball achievement, the Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac is a book you'll turn to again and again.

Cooperstown

Baseball Hall of Fame: Editions of Sporting News
Author: Lowell Reidenbaugh,Rh Value Publishing
Publisher: Gramercy Books
ISBN: 9780517219003
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 416
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Completely up-to-date with brand new information on the inductees of 2000 and 2001, their bios, photos, and stats, including Carlton Fisk, Dave Winfield, Kirby Pucket, Bid McPhee, and others. A perennial bestseller for RHVP.

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 Game

Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers
Author: Jon Pessah
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316242217
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 656
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The incredible inside story of power, money, and baseball's last twenty years In the fall of 1992, America's National Pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war with each other, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players' growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation. It is a tipping point for baseball, a crucial moment in the game's history that catalyzes a struggle for power by three strong-willed men: Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and union leader Don Fehr. It's their uneasy alliance at the end of decades of struggle that pulls the game back from the brink and turns it into a money-making powerhouse that enriches them all. This is the real story of baseball, played out against a tableau of stunning athletic feats, high-stakes public battles, and backroom political deals--with a supporting cast that includes Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter, George Bush and George Mitchell, and many more. Drawing from hundreds of extensive, exclusive interviews throughout baseball, The Game is a stunning achievement: a rigorously reported book and the must-read, fly-on-the-wall, definitive account of how an enormous struggle for power turns disaster into baseball's Golden Age.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac

2017 Edition
Author: Baseball America and the Baseball Hall of Fame
Publisher: Baseball America
ISBN: 9781932391725
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 552
View: 1184

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A book for baseball fans of all ages, the Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac brings history to life on every page, with biographies and vivid photographs of every player in the Hall of Fame. You'll get all the stories, all the stats, all the vitals, all the plaques, all you need to know about everyone in the Hall--including the new class that will be inducted in July 2017. Players, managers and executives are included. Baseball's most hallowed hall comes alive in the pages of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac. Every player in the Hall of Fame gets a two-page spread featuring a biography, vitals including awards and postseason appearances, complete career statistics, a full-color, full-page photograph, and an image of their Hall of Fame plaque. Each executive, manager and umpire gets a featured space as well, so everyone of the more than 300 people in the Hall gets their place in the sun. The 2017 edition will include full biographies on all the new inductees, as well as plenty of new photographs. Whether you've been to the Hall of Fame many times or just want to learn more about the players who have reached the pinnacle of baseball achievement, the Baseball Hall of Fame Almanac is a book you'll turn to again and again.