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Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame (Hardcover)

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Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame brings to vivid life the greatest treasures of baseball’s shrine, most of them rarely if ever displayed to visitors.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 1859Whether 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.
Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame brings to vivid life the greatest treasures of baseball?s shrine, most of them rarely if ever displayed to visitors.

With more than 15 million visitors to date, the Baseball Hall of Fame is the mecca of the sport?s history and lore. Now the museum?s experts offer the next best thing to being there: a gorgeous authoritative anthology of artifacts, most of which have never been seen by fans.

The images captured in these pages are as eclectic as baseball itself, taking readers into the most fascinating moments of the game?s past and present. Fans will read FDR?s ?Green Light Letter,? in which the President insisted that Major League Baseball should continue as usual even in the darkest days of World War II; see the glove worn by Pirates southpaw Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, when he pitched perhaps the best major league game ever, twelve perfect innings?and lost; and admire the Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day Trophy that the legendary player, stricken with the disease that now bears his name, received on the day he retired from baseball. From the ?Wonderboy? bat and accompanying trombone case used by Robert Redford?s character in The Natural to the shoes worn by ?Shoeless? Joe Jackson during the infamous 1919 World Series, to bats, balls, uniforms, and other artifacts associated with the game?s greatest players, from Cy Young to Nolan Ryan, this unsurpassable collection makes the perfect gift for everybody who loves America?s favorite pastime.

Number of Pages: 209
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Photography
Sub-Genre: Baseball / History, Collections + Catalogs + Exhibitions
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Language: English
Street Date: April 2, 2013
TCIN: 14486876
UPC: 9781451676716
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-8997
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