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A biographical dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Skipper, John C., 1945-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 346 pages ; 24 cm
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GV865.A1 S516 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In January 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson became charter members in an exclusive club: the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. By 1998 the membership had grown to 237 players, managers, coaches, umpires, executives, writers and broadcasters.

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Booklist Review

So, what is the next best thing to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York? It is reading through A Biographical Dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. McFarland, publisher of other notable baseball reference works, such as The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball [RBB D 15 97], has produced another top-notch volume. All 237 individuals who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1939 are included. And this means everybody: players, umpires, sports journalists, owners, managers, and baseball executives. Arrangement is alphabetical, and each entry is divided into three sections: a headnote under the name giving vital statistics, a narrative paragraph explaining the significance of the famer's career, and a statistical table. The narrative provides the reasons for the person's induction and gives some statistical oddities and coincidences that every baseball fan loves to read. For example, the entry on Henry Aaron of course marks his record 755 career home runs. But it also goes on to give this interesting fact: Aaron finished his career with 2,174 runs scored, which is exactly the same number as Babe Ruth, the man he surpassed in career home runs. Aaron has been the only player so far in baseball history to produce 3,000 hits and more than 500 home runs in a career. This volume is a baseball-book browser's dream and could sit quite proudly next to its thicker sibling, The Baseball Encyclopedia (10th ed., Macmillan, 1996), to provide supplemental information on Baseball Hall of Fame entries. Its only drawback is that each year there are new inductees; we hope to see updated editions in the future.

Library Journal Review

Journalist Skipper, a former general manager of a minor-league team and author of Umpires: Classic Baseball Stories from the Men Who Made the Calls, here offers a short biography with statistics of every baseball player, manager, and coach in the Hall of Fame--not to mention brief biographies of every umpire, executive, sportswriter and broadcaster in the hall. His biographical narratives are more factual than evaluative, though he does use telling anecdotes and stories in illustrating aspects of a career. Fuller statistical information on players can readily be found in a variety of other sources, including The Baseball Encyclopedia (Macmillan, 1996. 10th ed.). Incisive narratives about baseball personalities can be located in David L. Potter's Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Baseball (Greenwood, 1987) and Donald Dewey and Nicholas Acocella's highly entertaining The Biographical History of Baseball (Carroll & Graf, 1995). Still, this up-to-date reference tome will certainly find an audience. Recommended for larger public libraries.--Paul M. Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

From Henry Aaron to Robin Yount, all 244 members elected 1936-99 to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, are treated in this handy volume. It includes, besides 182 players inducted for their notable careers in the major leagues, 23 pioneers/executives, 15 managers, eight umpires, 16 players from the Negro Leagues, 50 sportswriters, and 23 broadcasters. Although Skipper identifies the latter two groups as "elected" to the Hall of Fame, they are not actually Hall of Famers but rather received the Hall of Fame's annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sportswriters and the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters. Skipper provides for players and managers their major league playing statistics and managerial records, respectively. Although much of the information is available in more general works, Skipper's book is useful for its specific focus on the members of the Hall of Fame. All levels. R. Nash; University of Nebraska at Omaha