Overview

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 ...
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Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 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
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451676723
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 414,119
  • File size: 174 MB
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Meet the Author

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, was founded in 1939 and is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collections for a global audience.
Brooks Robinson is the legendary third baseman who is enshrined in Cooperstown.
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