For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is the thrill of a lifetimeno matter how many times you visit. But whether you go only once in your lifetime or make the pilgrimage annually, youll never be able to see every treasure in the museums 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 museumall gorgeously photographed in color. Captions written by Hall of Fame experts explain each objects 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 Haddixs glove from the 1959 game when he pitched 12 perfect inningsand lost 10 in the 13th
Shoeless Joe Jacksons shoes
The Wonderboy bat and trombone case that Robert Redford used in The Natural
Rube Waddells glove from his 42, 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 Seriesending home run
The oldest known photograph of two baseball teams, the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Excelsiors, taken on a ball field in 1859
Whether youre a dedicated student of the games history or a newcomer to our National Pastime, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame
will fascinate you. Youll find a surprising photograph or a story you didnt know, complete with new insight into Americas game and culture. Take the trip of a lifetime inside baseballs national museum and discover the games fabulous historyor reawaken beloved memories.