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April 4, 2013

Book takes readers behind the scenes

Baseball Hall of Fame stories released Tuesday

Staff members at the Baseball Hall of Fame have written books-worth of material on baseball history and the Hall of Fame inductees. Now they have written a book about the Hall itself.

“Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame” was released on Tuesday by Simon & Schuster. The book is 224 pages and features a forward by 1983 inductee Brooks Robinson and photos by BBHOF photographer Milo Stewart.

According to Brad Horn, senior director of communications and education at the Hall, the book was released to coincide with opening day.

“We wanted to bring to life the stories from behind the scenes and share the vast amount of collections in the Hall of Fame, not just what is on display, but what is in the archives,” Horn said.

There are 200 artifacts featured in the book, with photos and captions written by staff members. Many of the artifacts are not on display, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at seldom-seen baseball treasures.

Among the artifacts featured are 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, and a promissory note from the sale of Babe Ruth by Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert.

Horn said he doesn’t have a personal favorite in the collection, but points to pages 157-158 as a good example of the quality and diversity of the collection. On one page is photos and descriptions about the jersey David Freese wore in game six of the 2011 World Series. The jersey was shredded by Freese’s teammates, who mobbed him after his walk-off home run. On the other page is a photo and write-up on the trophy from the 1900 baseball championship – it wasn’t called the World Series until 1903 – between the Brooklyn Superbas and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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