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Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762430249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762430246
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Eddie Kranepool Society (blog), Pro Baseball Central (blog)
“This book is a must for the baseball fan that loves the games history and loves the photographs of players and teams from the beginning of the game to the present. Give it a spot of honor on your coffee table.”

Rocky Mountain Telegram, May 17, 2009
“This is, in every regard, one beautiful book. A visit to Cooperstown lasts a day. They’ll have Sugar’s book for a lifetime.“

Yogi Berra
“What Bert Sugar doesn’t know about baseball, nobody knows.”

Bob Costas
“To get a better sense of the Hall of Fame, you would have to be in Cooperstown.”

New York Daily News, June 7th, 2009
“Sugar comes up with a beautifully envisioned, designed and esecuted stroll through Cooperstown. Pops will love this one.”

USA Today.com
“The legendary author takes you through the National Baseball Hall of Fame – literally – in a 272-page odyssey that will leave you feeling like you’re in Cooperstown even if you’ve never been there. Welcome to baseball heaven. Welcome to Cooperstown, New York.”

Pro Baseball Central, 5/11/09
“Bert Randolph Sugar is THE sports historian of our time and he has a new book out that is a comprehensive look at the Baseball Hall of Fame called Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame, A Living History of America’s Greatest Game. I have been to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, four times and each time I’ve been there I’ve seen an exhibit or artifact I’ve missed in my previous trip and now with this outstanding book that is full of great pictures and of course the writing of Bert Sugar, it puts all the awe and beauty of the HOF in your hands.

Juiced Sports Blog, 5/20/09
Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America’s Greatest Game is more than just a book. It’s an addiction, a twenty first century marvel, a book so perfect, it’s hard to say what’s more impressive, the top notch writing or the first class photography. Its attention to detail is so impressive, that the only thing missing is some Yankee Stadium dirt, or a little wooden splinter from one of Reggie Jackson’s bats. Never have I seen a baseball book that achieves perfection– but Sugar and photographer Bruce Curtis’ compilation is almost as magnificent as the place they strive to document.”

Sports, Crackle, Pop!, 5/14/09
“Bert Sugar is out with a new book marking the 70th Anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This book is the most thorough history of the Baseball Hall of Fame that I’ve ever seen.”

PressBox Online
“For those who like to make the pilgrimage to the picturesque upper New York state village, this book contains everything you've seen at the Hall of Fame – and perhaps some you've missed. For those who have never made the trip, Bob Costas' description of the book sums it up best: ‘To get a better sense of the Hall of Fame you would have to be in Cooperstown.’ “

Baseball Guru.com, Travel.watch.com
Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America’s Greatest Game is the Mother of all books on the shrine in Cooperstown, NY. Page after page of items from the Hall’s collection intermingle with the text of Sugar, an old hand at the sports book game – he has written more than 50 books. Recommended.”

About the Author

Bert Randolph Sugar is an award-winning sportswriter and popular television sports commentator. He has written more than 50 books, mostly on baseball and boxing. He has appeared countless times on ESPN, Showtime, and HBO, and has appeared as himself in many films and TV shows, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype, Arli$$, and more. He lives in Chappaqua, NY.

Bruce Curtis is an acclaimed photographer whose work has been featured in numerous books and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Time, and Life magazines, and in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. He lives in Roslyn, NY.


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Highly recommended for the baseball affecionado!
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Babe Ruth, in Sugar's opinion the greatest player who ever played the game said 'Baseball is the only real game in the world'.
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This book was purchased for a 13 yr boy who loves baseball.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're a diehard baseball fan, but have never had the opportunity to personally visit the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY; you're in luck. Bert Sugar has compiled a treasure chest of the sweetest Hall of Fame memories available, and you won't even have to leave your easy chair to experience it.

Even if you've been to the Hall of Fame a number of times, you'll more than likely be amazed at all the stuff you missed; and the good news is, you can linger as long as you want. There are no crowds to fight; it's a leisurely & wonderful trip through the glorious paradise of baseball heaven. It doesn't get any better.

Even if you've never seen a baseball game in your life, you'd probably get a kick out of perusing this beautifully crafted piece of work. Its historical significance can't be overstated; it's the quintessential baseball book. Period.

If you're looking to surprise the ultimate baseball fan on their next birtday or other special occasion, you can't go wrong here. But don't hold out 'til Christmas. Six months is way too long to wait for this gem.

Bert Sugar has proven that baseball is truly the greatest game on earth; and he's got 272 pages of proof. What else can be said? How sweet it is!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patty O'Meara on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've never been to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I'm a big fan of the game (White Sox!) and I'd love to go someday. I grew up on the south side of Chicago and watched players like Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Early Wynn play so well. I've got all of the players' autographs from that '59 team which made it to the World Series. Great memories.

Times are tough, so a trip to see my guys in Cooperstown, along with the other greats of the game will have to wait. That's why I'm so grateful for this wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. Bert Sugar did a fantastic job of compiling all the memorabilia that you'd find in Cooperstown, so I like to think of this as almost as good as going. It's really Cooperstown on a budget!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been a passionate baseball fan since childhood, among the few in my elementary school on the South Side of Chicago who cheered for both the Cubs and the White Sox. Over the years, I saw more than 100 games at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park, then watched the Braves in Milwaukee while in college, the Yankees while in graduate school and then teaching in Connecticut. Later still, Red Sox games at Fenway Park before relocating from Boston to Dallas. Thereafter, I attended more Ranger games at the old park than I have at the new one but still watch as many games on television as my circumstances permit. Only once, many years ago, I was able to visit Cooperstown and spent the better part of the day at the Half of Fame. Regrettably, I was unable to return the next day and haven't been back since.

All that said, if you can't get to Cooperstown, the next best way to "visit" the baseball museum there is to read Bert Randolph Sugar's lively narrative and examine the 500+ color and b/w photos provided by Bruce Curtin. The production values of this volume are outstanding. It is difficult for me to imagine that there are any items that weren't photographed, any significant items that Sugar neglects to mention. I had no idea that Sugar was an avid baseball fan. I was aware of him only as someone who is an authority on professional boxing. His writing style has Snap! Crackle! & Pop! and he has a keen eye for significant details. Clearly he has conducted extensive research on the history of baseball. Opinions are divided about many issues such as the origin and development of what may still be "the national pastime" but Sugar wisely avoids bogging down in any contriversies and concentrates on bringing the Hall of Life to life to the extent he can, substantially assisted by Curtin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Screamin' Steve on October 17, 2009
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Mr. Sugar had a great idea, but the illustrations are often not of Hall of Fame exhibits, but from other sources. The long section reprinting all of the Hall of Fame placques is a bit hard to read and the placques are displayed better on the HOF postcard set available directly from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Despite mionor reservations, this is now the best book for capturing the Hall of Fame experience. Whether you have visited the HOF or not, this is a very good book to own!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole L. Murphy on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was purchased for a 13 yr boy who loves baseball. It was probably the best gift I ever purchased for him. The whole family is enjoying it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Babe Ruth, in Sugar's opinion the greatest player who ever played the game said 'Baseball is the only real game in the world'. It may not be the only real game but it is probably the one about which there are the most statistics, history, stories of colorful personalities. All this is Sugar's favorite territory (Along with boxing) and as he takes the reader on a guided tour through the Cooperstown 'Hall of Fame' he also illuminates much about of the history and the lore of the game.
Baseball fans who also like to look in books, and there are too more good books about baseball than perhaps any other sport, will truly enjoy the tour.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Elliott on May 8, 2010
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I have been a baseball fan for almost 50 years!! I have been to the Baseball Hall of Fame three times. Bert Sugar is very comprehensive. The photographs of the exhibits at the Hall of Fame are impressive. Its like having your own private tour of the Baseball Hall of fame. An excellent book!!
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