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Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony Paperback


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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786444169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786444168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Corcoran is a historian specializing in the Benedict Arnold and John Andre conspiracy during the American Revolution. A retired New York State teacher and a member of the Casey Stengel (Greater New York) Chapter of SABR, he resides in Pleasantville, New York.

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It was a delight to read and I look forward to the authors next book.
S. Zygner
This well-researched book gives the die-hard fan an insider's view that had been missing from many other books about Cooperstown that I have read.
Mitch
He has chronicled vividly in detail each Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony since the Inaugural in 1939.
Bill Donohue

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author brings you to the Induction Day ceremonies! You get a sense of what the Hall of Famers said and really felt on their magical day. This well-researched book gives the die-hard fan an insider's view that had been missing from many other books about Cooperstown that I have read.
I really enjoyed learning about which Hall-of-Famers showed up to every ceremony. Presently, about 95% of them proudly show up with al the honors bestowed. Back then, very few showed up. We learn in part because it was expensive for these men to travel to Cooperstown and they could not afford it!
I HIGHLY recommend this book. You will not get this kind of fascinating information anywhere else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. Lippman on March 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I got the book at a Society for Baseball Research event in the beginning of March and read it every day while traveling to and from work. This is a book serious baseball fans should purchase and hang on to. It's what I call a "universal problem solver" for the whole Hall of Fame induction story -- who got in, why, whether or not they deserved it, and what happened at the actual ceremony. The quotes from the speeches are inspiring and fascinating -- whether it's Ted Williams arguing for including the Negro Leaguers or Ozzie Smith comparing his career to the movie "Wizard of Oz." It's touching to read the words and experiences of family members of long-dead Hall of Famers who come to accept an ancestor's hardware...and moving to read how Bill Mazeroski simply broke down and could not get through his speech. Very little has been written about the actual induction events at the Hall of Fame, besides the first one in 1939, and the subject is long overdue for this level of coverage. It's a great look at that most exclusive of teams -- baseball's Hall of Famers. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lamb on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Induction Day at Cooperstown, author Dennis Corcoran provides more than the player portraits familiar to Hall of Fame books. He affords the reader insight into the shifting and arcane processes by which those enshrined in Cooperstown were selected. Proceeding in chronological fashion, Corcoran summarizes the HOF voting of the baseball writers, from the election of the immortals (Ruth, Cobb, Mathewson, et al) in 1936 up to the selection of the Andre Dawson class in 2010, providing a neat summary of inductee accomplishments along the way. Interesting facts abound in the narrative. For example, the reader will learn that Boston outfielder Jim Rice received 3,974 votes from the writers with whom he was often disagreeable before achieving the 75 percent vote needed for election in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the writers' ballot.

Induction Day also casts a discerning eye on the selection choices of the Veterans Committee in its various incarnations, mixing the author's commentary on true bygone worthies like Cap Anson, Buck Ewing and John Clarkson and the more dubious selections (e.g., Tommy McCarthy, Fred Lindstrom, Jess Haines) with that of HOF critics like Bill James, Robert Cohen and James Vail. But the heart of the book is its account of the yearly induction ceremony. Here, Corcoran transports the reader to Cooperstown with the atmospherics, the crowd reaction, and excerpts from the acceptance speeches by the honorees or their representatives. Many, like Bill Mazeroski, are so overcome with emotion that delivery of long prepared acceptance remarks becomes a struggle. But the words, however hard to get out, are invariably heartfelt and convey a genuine sense of the joy induction brings to the honoree.

Intelligently organized and well written, Induction Day at Cooperstown is a valuable addition to the Hall of Fame canon and highly recommended.

Bill Lamb
Meredith, NH
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Col William Russell on December 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
These 244 pages go all too quickly and make for fun reading. Corcoran's book starts with an interesting look at why a remote spot like Cooperstown, NY, was chosen. The choice was based solely on the "Doubleday Myth" started by an opportunist named Abner Graves. The 1905 commission decided on the location based on nothing more than 2 letters written by Graves who claimed that Abner Doubleday showed him and his friends how to play the game in 1839, 66 years earlier. History doesn't bare this out because Doubleday was a plebe at West Point in 1839 and would hardly have been given leave for that. Had he had anything to do with it, he'd have shown boys in the town near West Point, not travel across the state. Also, when Doubleday wrote his memoirs, there's not a single mention of baseball nor does he ever appear to have gone to a game. Yet the myth persists to this day.

Corcoran goes on to tell of the founding og the Hall and the decisions about how choices for induction would be made. He then goes on to discuss each year with succinct biographies of each inductee and their accomplishments plus interesting ancedotes about each year's ceremony.

A well-written book and highy recommended.
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