Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Overview

To diehard baseball fans, the selection of players who will join the ranks of Cooperstown inductees often seems a bit arbitrary. Over the years there have been many outstanding players passed over, time and again, by the Veterans Committee, despite the players' qualifications and the support of fans and teammates. In Out by a Step, Mike and Neil Shalin compile their list of the 100 finest major leaguers who, in their views, deserve a place on the hallowed walls of Baseball's Hall of Fame. Out by a Step celebrates...
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Overview

To diehard baseball fans, the selection of players who will join the ranks of Cooperstown inductees often seems a bit arbitrary. Over the years there have been many outstanding players passed over, time and again, by the Veterans Committee, despite the players' qualifications and the support of fans and teammates. In Out by a Step, Mike and Neil Shalin compile their list of the 100 finest major leaguers who, in their views, deserve a place on the hallowed walls of Baseball's Hall of Fame. Out by a Step celebrates the fine careers of this "close but no cigar" fraternity—Richie Allen, Joe Torre, Tommy John, Elroy Face, and Urban Shocker, to name just a few—and will surely open up lively debate among baseball fans everywhere.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Daily Herald
it's sure to open up lively debates among baseball fans everywhere.
Arizona Republic
Brothers Mike and Neil Shalin will stir up baseball fans of all ages...a fast moving and entertaining collection of the 100 best players not in the Hall of Fame...
Good Times Magazine
...is the only book I know of which pays tribute to those players whose accomplishments have fallen short of Cooperstown glory. This is a terrific read....
— lloyd Carroll
Oak Brook Doings
mention of Shalin giving a talk at Borders, Oak Brook, IL
Good Times Magazine - lloyd Carroll
...is the only book I know of which pays tribute to those players whose accomplishments have fallen short of Cooperstown glory. This is a terrific read....
Forbes
This boffo book for baseball buffs makes oft-convincing cases for why 115 players should be elected to join the national pastime's heroes already immortalized in Cooperstown.
Forbes Magazine
This boffo book for baseball buffs makes oft-convincing cases for why 115 players (the number discussed) should be elected to join the national pastime's heroes already immortalized in Cooperstown: "The National Baseball Hall of Fame has become the official conferrer of baseball immortality. Until the recent media revolution, nobody outside of hardcore baseball fans talked much about Cooperstown. That's all changed in the past two decades."(26 Apr 2004)
—Steve Forbes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888698442
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin spent 15 years on the baseball beat, first covering the New York Yankees for the New York Post and then the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Herald. Since leaving the beat in 1995, he has covered the sports scene at Boston College, but still keeps his hand in baseball via freelance writing, including a series of young readers' books done in the late 90s. Mike Shalin resides in Peabody, Massachusetts. Neil Shalin is a freelance writer in the Chicago, Illinois, area, who currently covers high school and college sports for The Daily Herald. In 1999, he retired from his position as an editor, speechwriter, and Midwest public relations director for MetLife.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    GO GET IT

    This book is incredible and should be in the Hall of Fame itself. Get it as soon as possible!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    The Great Debate!

    This allows further discussion of that great debate of all diehard baseball fans...Who belongs in the Hall of Fame??? I would say that the Shalin's ought to be enshrined for this anecdotal and informative look @ players throughout the history of the National Pastime that were "Out By a Step"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    What a great topic--It's amazing it hasn't been explore before!

    This book is a great read for all baseball lovers. It gives credit to all those players we know deserve recognition but haven't gotten their due. It is clear the amount of dedication and research Neil and Mike have done and it truly pays off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

    This book is an incredible compilation of baseball history and histrionics. The great thing about this book is that it has anecdotes that will be reminiscent to anyone from any era. These 2 brothers have done one heck of a job a interviewing and researching to compile this book. And of course, the conversations and intriguing battles this book can create are endless! A modern classic that has allows those to reminisce on times past, while allowing the younger crowd the opportunity to enjoy their heroes and learn about players their grandparents used to watch! I am looking forward to the 2nd 100 or the updated version. Go Shalin brothers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Can you give more than 5 stars??? This is literally one of the best books on baseball that I have ever read! It gives great arguments on why these 2 writers feel that individuals belong on the list, and makes it fun for the reader to decide for themselves if they agree or not. This is one of those books that you can sit around with your pals and debate on, hour upon hour. I cannot believe a book on such a topic has not been written because this topic is always discussed on T.V. and websites. Well, look no further, you can now have it right at your finger tips!

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