The Baseball Hall of Shame

The Baseball Hall of Shame

by Bruce M. Nash

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Overview

THE HALLOWED HALL OF HITLESS WONDERS! THE IMMORTAL SHRINE OF SORE-LOSERS,CHEAP-SKATE OWNERS, AND ROWDY FANS!

Everyone knows about baseball's greatest hitters and fielders, about the iron men of the game. But, for the first time, here are baseball's loveable losers, the immortal boneheads of the game. Thousands of fans, players, broadcasters and sportswriters have contributed anecdotes about the flakes, the buffoons and all-around crummy guys who make baseball America's national sport. Here are:

  • The St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Stockings committing 102 errors in a World Series
  • Norm Cash swinging his way to a batting title with an illegal bat
  • Ross "Skuz" Grimsley, who went weeks without changing his sweatshirt
  • N.Y. Giant owner Andrew Freedman, beating up other owners, umpires, fans — even his own players!
  • And many more, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Whitey Ford, Joe Medwick, and of course, the famous traitor Walter O'Malley!

The worst plays! The dumbest trades! The most outrageous defeats! They're all enshrined in...The Baseball Hall Of Shame!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671691721
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 03/25/1990
Pages: 197

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One: Leading Off

It's time to give discredit where discredit is due.

For over a century, baseball has immortalized the home run slugger, the clean-cut All-American, the golden glover, the big-hearted lug, the unstoppable dynasty. But the truth is winners and nice guys and heroes are boring.

Who really makes the grand old game so entertaining, rousing, and exciting? The losers, the cheaters, the flakes, the buffoons, the boneheads, the inept, the outrageous, the obnoxious. They have given real demeaning to the word baseball. They have brought color to the game — a black eye. They are the true foul balls whose contributions have withstood the detest of time.

Yet where is their niche in the Hall of Fame? Nowhere. To correct this travesty of sports injustice, we founded The Baseball Hall of SHAME. Cooperstown can have baseball's shining stars. The Hall of SHAME wants baseball's shiners.

The history of our national pastime boasts a rich heritage of shameful moments both on and off the field by teams, players, managers, coaches, owners, general managers, umpires, groundskeepers, and even the fans themselves.

To help us choose the most deserving candidates for Baseball Hall of SHAME dishonors, we made a nationwide appeal in the spring of 1984 to fans, sportswriters, broadcasters, and players for nominations. We spread the word on radio from coast to coast and throughout Canada. We went on TV and were interviewed in scores of newspapers and magazines. We visited spring training camps where we received nominations in the bleachers, clubhouses, dugouts, and press boxes. Then we spent weeks sifting through record books, archival material, and faded newspaperaccounts. We considered all shameful moments and tossed out those which involved drugs or murder since there's nothing funny about either. However, most everything else shameful had a chance of being selected for dishonors.

Not everyone who blundered on or off the field belongs in The Baseball Hall of SHAME. In our judgment, only a small select number of the thousands of boners and disgraces that have tainted the game met our unique standards for inclusion in the Hall's first induction.

However, we don't intend to stop here. Periodically, we will be considering prospective Hall of Shamers from the past and present for enshrinement. If you feel some baseball personality or moment is deserving of such dishonors, we want to know about it. Please send us your nominations of hilarious happenings and ignoble incidents. To learn how to submit your picks, turn to page 187.

We want The Baseball Hall of SHAME to be the fans' shrine. We're not out to make fun of baseball. Instead, we want to have fun with the game we all love. This book is more than just the official record of charter membership in The Baseball Hall of SHAME. It's also a way for fans across the country to pay a light-hearted tribute to the national pastime. We have found that superstars and bozos have one thing in common — they all screw up. (It's just that some screw up more than others.)

As you read through this book, we hope you come to the same conclusion we did. We can all identify with — and laugh about — each inductee's shameful moment because each one of us has at one time or another pulled a "rock."

Copyright © 1985 by Nash and Zullo Productions, Inc.

First Chapter

Chapter One: Leading Off

It's time to give discredit where discredit is due.

For over a century, baseball has immortalized the home run slugger, the clean-cut All-American, the golden glover, the big-hearted lug, the unstoppable dynasty. But the truth is winners and nice guys and heroes are boring.

Who really makes the grand old game so entertaining, rousing, and exciting? The losers, the cheaters, the flakes, the buffoons, the boneheads, the inept, the outrageous, the obnoxious. They have given real demeaning to the word baseball. They have brought color to the game -- a black eye. They are the true foul balls whose contributions have withstood the detest of time.

Yet where is their niche in the Hall of Fame? Nowhere. To correct this travesty of sports injustice, we founded The Baseball Hall of SHAME. Cooperstown can have baseball's shining stars. The Hall of SHAME wants baseball's shiners.

The history of our national pastime boasts a rich heritage of shameful moments both on and off the field by teams, players, managers, coaches, owners, general managers, umpires, groundskeepers, and even the fans themselves.

To help us choose the most deserving candidates for Baseball Hall of SHAME dishonors, we made a nationwide appeal in the spring of 1984 to fans, sportswriters, broadcasters, and players for nominations. We spread the word on radio from coast to coast and throughout Canada. We went on TV and were interviewed in scores of newspapers and magazines. We visited spring training camps where we received nominations in the bleachers, clubhouses, dugouts, and press boxes. Then we spent weeks sifting through record books, archival material, andfaded newspaper accounts. We considered all shameful moments and tossed out those which involved drugs or murder since there's nothing funny about either. However, most everything else shameful had a chance of being selected for dishonors.

Not everyone who blundered on or off the field belongs in The Baseball Hall of SHAME. In our judgment, only a small select number of the thousands of boners and disgraces that have tainted the game met our unique standards for inclusion in the Hall's first induction.

However, we don't intend to stop here. Periodically, we will be considering prospective Hall of Shamers from the past and present for enshrinement. If you feel some baseball personality or moment is deserving of such dishonors, we want to know about it. Please send us your nominations of hilarious happenings and ignoble incidents. To learn how to submit your picks, turn to page 187.

We want The Baseball Hall of SHAME to be the fans' shrine. We're not out to make fun of baseball. Instead, we want to have fun with the game we all love. This book is more than just the official record of charter membership in The Baseball Hall of SHAME. It's also a way for fans across the country to pay a light-hearted tribute to the national pastime. We have found that superstars and bozos have one thing in common -- they all screw up. (It's just that some screw up more than others.)

As you read through this book, we hope you come to the same conclusion we did. We can all identify with -- and laugh about -- each inductee's shameful moment because each one of us has at one time or another pulled a "rock."

Copyright © 1985 by Nash and Zullo Productions, Inc.

Table of Contents

Contents

Leading Off

Welcome to the Bigs!

The Most Inauspicious Major League Debuts

The Bottom of the Barrel

The Worst Teams of All Time

Holey Mitts!

The Most Inept Fielding Performances

Swap Slop

The Dumbest Trades Ever Made

Every Trick in the Book

The Sneakiest Cheating Perpetrated by Players

Hitless Wonders

The Most Inept Batting Performances

The Rear End of the Front Office

The Most Disgraceful Actions by Owners

Blind Spots

The Most Flagrant Blown Calls by Umpires

All Choked Up

The Teams That Blew the Biggest Leads and Lost

Bubble Gum Bozos

The Most Unprofessional Baseball Cards

The Blights of Spring

The Most Outrageous Behavior in Spring Training

Take Me Out to the Brawl Game

The Most Flagrant Cases of Assault and Battery on the Field

Hanging Curves

The Most Pitiful Pitching Performances

Czar Wars

The Dumbest Rulings by the Commissioner's Office

Cinema Sins

The Worst Baseball Movies

The Fall Follies

The Most Atrocious World Series Performances

Sore Losers

TheMost Outrageous Reactions to a Loss

Warped Records

The Titles Most Tarnished by Chicanery

Crud Duds

The Most Awful Uniforms Ever Worn

Diamond Debacles

The Most Farcical Games Ever Misplayed

Baseball's MBAs

Dishonorary Degrees for Managers of Blundering Actions

The Mean Team

The Meanest Players of All Time

Odious Owners

The Most Atrocious Owners in Baseball History

Foul Bawls

The Worst Excuses for Missing a Game or Blowing a Play

Mascot Madness

The Most Tasteless Team Mascots

Booing the Boo Birds

The Most Unruly Behavior of Fans

Ominous Signs

The Worst Coaching Blunders

Dreadful Drubbings

The Most Crushing Single Game Defeats

The Wrong Man

The Goats Who Got Away

Razing the Roof

The Worst Ballparks for Watching and Playing Games

Yer Out, Ump!

Umpires Who Were Banished, Suspended or Fined

Sleaze Plays

The Most Disgusting Role Models for America's Youth

Free Agent Flops

The Most Ridiculous Free Agent Signings

Run for Your Lives!

The Most Outrageous Base-Running Fiascos

Grounds for Complaint

The Most Blatant Cases of Skulduggery by Groundskeepers

Cheapskates

The Stingiest Misers in the Majors

Turnstile Turnoffs

The Most Undignified Ballpark Promotions

Woeful Windups

The Most Disastrous Farewell Performances

Who Else Belongs in The Baseball Hall of SHAME?

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zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo have created an absolutely hilarious compendium of the dumbest aspects of Baseball, everything from dumb trades to dumb players to dumb plays, this book has it all. Read about the pitcher with an ERA of 108.00 or the one that gave up 16 walks in 9 innings. This book will have you laughing from the moment you pick it up. This book and the three following are a must have for any baseball trivia fan.