If you’ve ever gone to the Baseball Hall of Fame, you’ll wind up being overwhelmed. There are so many artifacts and displays, it’s difficult to process everything. The Hall itself has an archival storage room that holds still more memorabilia most fans never get to see. That’s the purpose behind a new book called 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 photographed in color. Captions written by Hall of Fame experts explain each object’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it.
Among the highlights from the nearly 200 objects in the book recently published by Simon & Shuster:
• 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 1859
There’s a link at the bottom to order the book via Amazon.com Here’s a video preview of what you’ll see inside: