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

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

by Mike Shalin, Neil Shalin
 

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

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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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
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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.
Daily Herald
it's sure to open up lively debates among baseball fans everywhere.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888698442
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
08/05/2002
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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