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BooklistThis two-volume set contains more than 1,400 biographic entries on the male and female inductees (as of 2010) into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, and National Soccer Hall of Fame.
The short biographies mostly provide details of the inductees’ accomplishments, with a brief summation of their post-sports careers. Relevant statistics are provided for most entries. Appendixes to the work provide a complete inductee listing by year as well as a history of each Hall of Fame and its selection processes. The entries are strictly fact and statistics based, without any analysis of how the athlete impacted his or her sport....Entries on lesser-known figures, such as women’s basketball pioneer Bertha Frank Teague, provide a glimpse into an important piece of sports and gender history.
As it is, it is a handy—if costly—resource for the ultimate sports fan to have on hand, something that could be quickly referred to if you needed to look up where Scottie Pippen went to college (University of Central Arkansas) or Rickey Henderson’s on-base percentage in 1990 (.439).