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Library JournalThis handsomely illustrated book presents both objects rarely on exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and some of the hall’s most famous pieces. The informative text pairs well with the images, although the book moves from topic to topic seemingly haphazardly, neither chronologically nor thematically. Included are ephemera and artifacts ranging from an 1854 Eagle Base Ball Club Rule Book (one of the last pieces in the book) to St. Louis Cardinal David Freese’s torn 2011 World Series jersey. Items such as the Freese jersey may puzzle when considered here against the jersey Hank Aaron wore hitting his 715th home run, or 1919 documents related to the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, but they are probably mixed in to show the hall’s holdings up to the present and attract younger readers.
Verdict The book easily fulfills its purpose—to give us a glimpse into the hall’s collections and into the history of the game it enshrines. The index, simply of personal names, would have been more helpful had it included team names and topical subjects. Light on historical insight, this book is about the images, most of which are fascinating. This volume is especially for newer baseball fans and general readers who enjoy learning through objects. With a foreword by Brooks Robinson.—Derek Sanderson, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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