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Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony Paperback – November 3, 2010
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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.
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.
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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I loved this book. To my knowledge, this is the only book out there that deals with the hall of fame players and their induction into the baseball Hall of fame. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alfred H Davis
Dennis Corcoran has accomplished something that few, if any, have been able to do before him. He has chronicled vividly in detail each Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Bill Donohue