“Asking me to pick one artifact is sort of like asking me to say which one of my children is my favorite,” Horn said. “But I like the juxtaposition of the David Freese jersey with the 1900 championship trophy. It is a great example of modern baseball history featured alongside its historical predecessors.”
The book does not have a single author, but was a group project with extensive contributions from director of research Tim Wiles, reference librarian Freddy Berowski, curator Erik Strohl, Stewart and others.
“It is a great reflection of the many talents of our staff, from the photographs to the written descriptions to pulling out little-known artifacts or anecdotes to share with anyone who wants to know more about the Hall,” Horn said. “Hopefully it will whet the appetite of anyone who is planning a trip to Cooperstown. In addition, it makes a great gift.”
Robinson, a retired third baseman from the Baltimore Orioles, who is also a member of the Hall’s board of directors, was chosen to write the forward because of his longtime affiliation with the Hall and his ability to communicate the HOF story, Horn said.
“He is one of the game’s iconic figures, and he has had a connection to Cooperstown throughout his career,” he said. “At the same time, because he has a dual role in that he is a Hall of Famer and also a caretaker for the Hall, he can provide people a unique perspective into the behind-the-scenes activities.”
The book costs $35 and is available at the Hall of Fame gift shop as well as at all online and retail booksellers.