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The Politics of Glory: How Baseball's Hall of Fame Really Works Hardcover – May 2, 1994

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James, the acknowledged authority on baseball statistics ( The Baseball Abstract ), discusses how players have been selected in the past and are chosen now for the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. The Baseball Writers of America, which picks contemporary players, has been sparing in its inductions, he argues, while the groups (now called the Veterans Committee) that have picked past players have been overly generous. The criteria for selection are so nebulous and the voting so capricious that nobody should be surprised at any choices, James cautions. The hook on which he hangs his study is the battles over whether Phil Rizzuto and Don Drysdale belong in the Hall of Fame. Neither does, he concludes. James shows that injustices have been perpetrated and presents his own sensible criteria. The book is filled with such a plethora of numbers that its main appeal may be more to statisticians than to baseball fans, although James maintains that ultimately statistics are all there are: everything else, in time, is forgotten. Photos not seen by PW .
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James, a baseball statistics analyst (e.g., The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, Villard, 1988. rev. ed.) gives an often harsh critique of the operation of the Baseball Hall of Fame. After colorfully relating the shrine's history with both praise and scorn, James attacks the voting procedures, especially in the case of the Veterans Committee, which in the institution's early years filled the roster with friends and teammates. Along with his own choices regarding who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and who does not, James offers "better" methods for future selection. More detailed and analytical than Brent Kelley's The Case For ( LJ 2/1/92), this is strongly recommended.
- Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (May 2, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025107747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025107748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was an insightful exercise into the underbelly of baseball. I learned a lot about the process of Hall of Fame voting and was surprised at some of the revelations. It's a must read for baseball fans.
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By A Customer on February 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
If you really care if Phil Ruzzitto should or should not be in the Hall of Fame this is the book for you.
Bill James is the dean of sabrematicians, the guys who study baseball statistics for what those numbers can tell us about the game. The Politics of Glory uses statistics to examine the players who are in the Hall of Fame and makes some judgments as to whether they should be there and looks at players who are not in the Hall of Fame and makes similar judgments.
The book is fun to read for anyone who likes baseball. The
statistical methods are easy to follow and is written with a good humor that makes this potentially dry subject very intersting.
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By Don M on January 9, 2015
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Bill James' wit and wisdom at his best. Re-published as: Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?
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Format: Hardcover
Another great book from the master sabermatrician, Bill James. It is obvious that James is a huge baseball fan who is simply fed up with the current fabric of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Why, for example, is Hack Wilson in the Hall of Fame? James examines his curious selection, among others, in this must-read.
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