Cooperstown Confidential

Cooperstown Confidential

Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Book - 2009/07/01
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A portrait of the National Baseball Hall of Fame notes its role in breaking down racial barriers and the ways in which it has been shaped by historical events, discussing such topics as the story of the founding Clark family and the proposed wing honoring Latino players.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2009/07/01
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596915459
Branch Call Number: 796.357 CHA
Characteristics: 237 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Nov 26, 2015

Author and fan Ze'ev Chafets shows us that Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is an institution built on sand. In fact, its very existence was based on a dubious claim that the first ball game was played there way back in 1839. And when it comes to who gets in, talent is nothing compared to the ability to make it past a gauntlet of petty politics, personal vendettas and bitter grudges - some of which have lasted for decades by the gatekeepers at the Baseball Writers Association. But the second you're in, you can already hear the sounds of the cash register going off. Providing great stories and important context for younger and newer fans of the sport, we learn a lot about this Hall of Fame and the plethora of hypocrisies and double standards that have been in place since its founding in 1939. With so many questions remaining about what do with the best players from the steroid era, this book should be a must read for any MLB fan. My only criticism is that at just under 200 pages, I was left wanting more.


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