The Baseball Hall of Shame

The Best of Blooperstown
Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762784008
Category: Humor
Page: 296
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From 1985 to 1992, The Baseball Hall of Shame series chronicled more than 100 years of baseball goofs and gaffes, selling more than 700,000 copies. Now, the authors of the most offbeat baseball books ever written are back, featuring their looniest lineup of classic stories and inducting their first new class of Hall of Shamers in twenty years. Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo cover everything from the battiest batters and craziest fielding fiascoes to the dumbest ballpark promotions and screwiest fan behavior. Hall of Shamers include outfielder Lou "The Mad Russian" Novikoff, who insisted his wife taunt him from the stands because it made him a better hitter... Pitcher Burleigh Grimes, who was so mean that he threw a beanball at the on-deck hitter... Outfielder Ping Bodie, who out-ate Percy the ostrich for the spaghetti-eating championship of the world... and Babe Ruth, who wore ladies' silk stockings for good luck. Among the new inductees are Ken Griffey Jr., who put a cow in manager Lou Piniella's office to pay off a steak dinner bet... Manny Ramirez, who abandoned left field to go to the bathroom during a game... and David "Big Papi" Ortiz, whose underwear was smeared with peanut butter as payback for the pranks he pulled on teammates. Filled with more than 200 stories and packed with photos, The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown is the most hilarious homage to the national pastime ever assembled, and a fitting testament to the Hall's motto: "Fame and shame are part of the game."

Baseball Hall of Shame 4


Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 067174609X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 212
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The Baseball Hall of Shame 4 contains more than 100 absurd, offbeat and hysterically funny stories proving that on the playing field and in the ballpark, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Baseball's Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?


Author: N.A
Publisher: Cardoza Publishing
ISBN: 1580425720
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 416
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This fascinating book covers every era of baseball, position by position, and answers the question: Which players really belong in the Hall of Fame? Using eight simple criteria to determine the level of dominance each player exhibited during his career, baseball superexpert Robert Cohen defines the qualities a true Hall of Fame player should possess. Cohen solves or fuels the debate on who belongs in the Hall of Fame, and who doesn't. He also discusses the careers of the best players not elected to the Hall of Fame and the circumstances surrounding the greatest injustices in the selection process very great player is examined, not only in relation to the era in which he played, but against all the Hall-worthy stars who ever manned the position

Football Hall of Shame


Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671745514
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 196
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The author of the popular The Baseball Hall of Shame give equal time to football's most shameful and hilarious moments, baring the blunders of football's hottest stars from the training table to the Super Bowl. Illustrated with photographs.

The Sports Hall of Shame


Author: Bruce M. Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Humor
Page: 231
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From the authors who have already covered baseball and football, here are terrible moments from a number of other sports.

The Baseball Hall of Shame 3

Young Fans' Edition
Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9780671753559
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 144
View: 2030

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This compilation of baseball's most embarrassing moments records the most outrageous blunders made by players, owners, managers, umpires, and fans.

Golf Hall of Shame


Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671745832
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 196
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Nash and Zullo turn their unique ability to ferret out the absurd, amusing and ridiculous to one of America's favorite pastimes--golf.

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.

The Basketball Hall of Shame


Author: Bruce M. Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Pocket
ISBN: 9780671694142
Category: Humor
Page: 195
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Lists some of the worst and wildest fouls, tricks, defeats, officiating, and stunts in basketball history

Jimmie Foxx

The Life and Times of a Baseball Hall of Famer, 1907-1967
Author: W. Harrison Daniel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786418671
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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In February 1925, 17-year-old Jimmie Foxx left his home in Sudlersville, Maryland, and joined the Philadelphia Athletics in spring training. Over the next twenty years, Foxx was one of the most consistent stars in the majors. His long home runs were legendary--his 535 were second only to Babe Ruth's 714 when he retired in 1945. Only six years later, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Foxx tried his hand at a variety of jobs after he left baseball, but seemed always to be drawn back to the game. He coached and managed in the minor leagues and even managed the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1953. This is the story of Foxx's rise to glory, his life in and out of the game, and his love affair with the national pastime.

Baseball Hall of ShameTM

The Best of Blooperstown
Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 076278458X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 296
View: 5274

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From 1985 to 1992, The Baseball Hall of Shame series chronicled more than 100 years of baseball goofs and gaffes, selling more than 700,000 copies. Now, the authors of the most offbeat baseball books ever written are back, featuring their looniest lineup of classic stories and inducting their first new class of Hall of Shamers in twenty years. Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo cover everything from the battiest batters and craziest fielding fiascoes to the dumbest ballpark promotions and screwiest fan behavior. Hall of Shamers include outfielder Lou "The Mad Russian" Novikoff, who insisted his wife taunt him from the stands because it made him a better hitter... Pitcher Burleigh Grimes, who was so mean that he threw a beanball at the on-deck hitter... Outfielder Ping Bodie, who out-ate Percy the ostrich for the spaghetti-eating championship of the world... and Babe Ruth, who wore ladies' silk stockings for good luck. Among the new inductees are Ken Griffey Jr., who put a cow in manager Lou Piniella's office to pay off a steak dinner bet... Manny Ramirez, who abandoned left field to go to the bathroom during a game... and David "Big Papi" Ortiz, whose underwear was smeared with peanut butter as payback for the pranks he pulled on teammates. Filled with more than 200 stories and packed with photos, The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown is the most hilarious homage to the national pastime ever assembled, and a fitting testament to the Hall's motto: "Fame and shame are part of the game."

Collision at Home Plate

The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti
Author: James Reston, Jr.
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803289642
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 328
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Describes how the lives of baseball player Pete Rose and baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti collided when Rose was accused of betting on the game

Inside Power


Author: Gary Sheffield,David Ritz
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307352231
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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The baseball All-Star recounts his life and nineteen-year career in the sport and business of major league baseball, offering his candid, no-holds-barred reflections on such topics as racism in major leagues, steroids, the Yankees, the frustrations of dealing with baseball executives, and more. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

The Greatest Sports Stories Never Told


Author: Bruce M. Nash
Publisher: Aladdin
ISBN: 9780671759384
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 96
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Presents thirty-four true stories from the world of sports, demonstrating feats of determination and incredible luck

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution
Author: Brian Kenny
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501106333
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.

The Presidents and the Pastime

The History of Baseball and the White House
Author: Curt Smith
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803288093
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 504
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"An historical yet also anecdotal and episodic examination of the unique relationship between the U.S. presidency and America's national pastime"--

Gil Hodges

A Hall of Fame Life
Author: Mort Zachter
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803274335
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 536
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In descriptions of athletes, the word “hero” is bandied about and liberally attached to players with outstanding statistics and championship rings. Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life is the story of a man who epitomized heroism in its truest meaning, holding values and personal interactions to be of utmost importance throughout his life—on the diamond, as a marine in World War II, and in his personal and civic life. A New York City icon and, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, one of the finest first basemen of all time, Gil Hodges (1924–72) managed the Washington Senators and later the New York Mets, leading the 1969 “Miracle Mets” to a World Series championship. A beloved baseball star, Hodges was also an ethical figure whose sturdy values both on and off the field once prompted a Brooklyn priest to tell his congregation to “go home, and say a prayer for Gil Hodges” in order to snap him out of the worst batting slump of his career. Mort Zachter examines Hodges’s playing and managing days, but perhaps more important, he unearths his true heroism by emphasizing the impact that Hodges’s humanity had on those around him on a daily basis. Hodges was a witty man with a dry sense of humor, and his dignity and humble sacrifice sometimes masked a temper that made Joe Torre refer to him as the “Quiet Inferno.” The honesty and integrity that made him so popular to so many remained his defining elements. Firsthand interviews of the many soldiers, friends, family, former teammates, players, and managers who knew and respected Hodges bring the totality of his life into full view, providing a rounded appreciation for this great man and ballplayer.

The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers

An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches
Author: Bill James,Rob Neyer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439103777
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 496
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Pitchers, the pitches they throw, and how they throw them -- these days it's the stuff of constant scrutiny, but there's never been anything like a comprehensive source for such information. That's what preeminent baseball analyst Bill James and ESPN.com baseball columnist Rob Neyer realized over lunch more than a dozen years ago. Since then, they've been compiling the centerpiece of this book, the "Pitcher Census," which lists specific information for nearly two thousand pitchers, ranging throughout the history of professional baseball. The Guide also offers: A "dictionary" describing virtually every known pitch The origins and development of baseball's most important pitches Top ten lists: best fastballs, best spitballs, and everything in between Biographies of some of the great pitchers who have been overlooked More knuckleballers and submariners than you ever thought existed An open debate concerning pitcher abuse and durability A formula for predicting the Cy Young Award winner Something fresh and new: Bill James' "Pitcher Codes" The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers is about understanding pitchers, and baseball's action always starts with the pitchers. It's also about entertaining debates and having a great deal of fun with the history of a game that obsesses so many.