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'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 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.

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.

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's Most Notorious Personalities

A Gallery of Rogues
Author: Jonathan Weeks
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810890739
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 244
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Of the 17,000-plus players who have donned major league uniforms over the years, not all were particularly nice or ethical. In fact, the actions of a handful were so heinous, they left an indelible mark on the sport. Spanning nearly three centuries of baseball, Baseball’s Most Notorious Personalities: A Gallery of Rogues examines with detail this dark side of our National Pastime.

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

Baseball's Starry Night

Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe
Author: Paul Kocak
Publisher: Digitature
ISBN: 0615622305
Category: Baseball teams
Page: 230
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Baseball's Starry Night gives you a fan's-eye view of a night that many have called the most exciting night in the history of Major League Baseball. Going beyond a standard retelling of the balls and strikes and homers and webgems, the book hears from 20 fans in their own words. Loyal fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays provide exciting and deeply personal eyewitness accounts -- either from the stadiums or their living rooms. Get the "you-are-there" feeling. "This is a magical book about a magical night. This beautifully told story captures baseball at its very best." Doris Kearns Goodwin "September 28, 2011. It was a night that will forever be frozen in baseball time. A night of miracles. A night of magic. A night of heartbreak. A night for the history books. Somebody needed to write a book about that night. Thankfully, Paul Kocak volunteered for the job. And in this beautifully written book, he takes us not merely inside the astonishing ups and downs of this unforgettable evening, but inside the hearts and minds of 'ordinary' people -- the fans whose pulse rates haven't come down yet." Jayson Stark, ESPN.com Senior Baseball Writer "A retelling unlike any other of the greatest night in baseball regular-season history." Chris Mallonee, BirdsOnTheBat82.com "With Baseball's Starry Night, Paul Kocak captures an unforgettable moment in time in powerful, passionate prose that will bring fans to their feet all over again." Greg Tobin, former editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. and author of Holy Holidays! "Paul Kocak hits an 'inside the park homer.' What a night!" Len Berman, Sportscaster/Author

Shut Out

A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston
Author: Howard Bryant
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135297762
Category: History
Page: 296
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Shut Out is the compelling story of Boston's racial divide viewed through the lens of one of the city's greatest institutions - its baseball team, and told from the perspective of Boston native and noted sports writer Howard Bryant. This well written and poignant work contains striking interviews in which blacks who played for the Red Sox speak for the first time about their experiences in Boston, as well as groundbreaking chapter that details Jackie Robinson's ill-fated tryout with the Boston Red Sox and the humiliation that followed.

The Baseball Hall of Shame 3

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

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

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.

Who's on Worst?

The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History
Author: Filip Bondy
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307950417
Category: Reference
Page: 252
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"A hilarious celebration of the worst in baseball history: The boneheads, cheats, jerks and losers who make the grand old game so fun. From a delightful survey of batters who fell below the dreaded "Mendoza Line" to a rundown of managers who had long careers distinguished by relentless losing to a roster of players who took steroids but still stunk, Who's on Worst? is a thoroughly entertaining portrait of the personalities who deserve their place in baseball history as much as the immortals"--

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.

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.

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution
Author: Brian Kenny
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501106368
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 368
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“A delight for baseball lovers” (Kirkus Reviews) and “one of the most significant baseball books of the year” (Bob Costas) Ahead of the Curve uses stories from baseball’s present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic. Forget batting average. Kill the “Win.” Say goodbye to starting pitchers. And please, please stop bunting. MLB Network anchor and commentator Brian Kenny provides “an excellent, entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan” (Library Journal) and shows how baseball has been revolutionized—not destroyed—by analytical thinking. Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach “tradition” and “respecting the game.” But many of baseball’s traditions go back to the nineteenth century, when the pitcher’s job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the sabermetric era. In his entertaining and enlightening book, Kenny discusses why the pitching win-loss record, the Triple Crown, fielding errors, and so-called battling titles should be ignored. He also points out how fossilized sportswriters have been electing the wrong MVP’s and ignoring legitimate candidates for the Hall of Fame; why managers are hired based on their looks; and how the most important position in baseball may just be “Director of Decision Sciences.” “Prepare to have your brain and your assumptions challenged. Guided by data and a deep love of the game, Brian Kenny takes a cutting-edge look at where baseball is and where it is going” (Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated). Illustrated with unique anecdotes from those who have reshaped the game, Ahead of the Curve is “a great story about the game in the age of information and technology” (Billy Beane).