Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame? Baseball, Cooperstown, and the Politics of Glory

Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame Baseball Cooperstown and the Politics of Glory Arguing about the merits of players is the baseball fan s second favorite pastime and every year the Hall of Fame elections spark heated controversy In a book that s sure to thrill and infuriate count

Arguing about the merits of players is the baseball fan s second favorite pastime and every year the Hall of Fame elections spark heated controversy In a book that s sure to thrill and infuriate countless fans, Bill James takes a hard look at the Hall, probing its history, its politics and, most of all, its decisions.

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Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame? Baseball, Cooperstown, and the Politics of Glory

  1. George William Bill James born October 5, 1949, in Holton, Kansas is a baseball writer, historian, and statistician whose work has been widely influential Since 1977, James has written than two dozen books devoted to baseball history and statistics His approach, which he termed sabermetrics in reference to the Society for American Baseball Research SABR , scientifically analyzes and studies baseball, often through the use of statistical data, in an attempt to determine why teams win and lose His Baseball Abstract books in the 1980s are the modern predecessor to websites using sabermetrics such as Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Primer now Baseball Think Factory.In 2006, Time named him in the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world He is currently a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox In 2010, Bill James was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.enpedia wiki Bill_James

191 Reply to “Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame? Baseball, Cooperstown, and the Politics of Glory”


  1. I read this during my brief interest in sabermetrics Bill James is the king of this hobby He makes convincing cases for his arguments, although I did not agree with all of them James argued convincingly against the Veterans Committee, which is the old boys club of the Hall This is how favored players who are not qualified get in through the back door.A fun and interesting read If you need barstool arguing fodder, give it a read.


  2. Not James liveliest book, it is still as persuasive and as painstakingly researched as anything James writes.His forte is less statistics than the ability to put statistics into context So the next time you hear somebody advocate for a bum like, say, Jack Morris, who has a couple of gaudy stats but no legitimate claim to the Hall of Fame, you can be prepared to discuss the matter intelligently.Or you can skip the background reading and just say, Oh yeah, sez you, a whole bunch.


  3. His best work, IMHO His explanation of the process by which players make the HOF as opposed to who deserves it is eye opening It was a revelation to discover that the sports writers almost NEVER enshrine some one undeserving but the old timers committee or it s equivalent does so frequently.


  4. A fairly interesting book about baseball s hall of fame James s writing style is easy and conversational, but it gets bogged down talking about archane issues of the Hall s past James focuses on two players Phil Rizzuto and Don Drysdale and disects their Hall of Fame credentials ad nauseam For someone who has read his Baseball abstracts and other works, this is a mild disappointment.


  5. Whatever happened to the Hall of Fame According to Bill James, not much Essentially, the Hall of Fame is the same as it ever was a foggy, undefined collection of players, many whom deserve recognition, and many whom coasted in due to politics, cronyism, or the simple fact that they outlived their better contemporaries I m lookin at you, Rizzuto Bill James always comes off as a bit of a pedantic dick, but it works here, as he truly knows what he s talking about, and he has the knowledge to back u [...]


  6. An interesting analysis of the Baseball Hall of Fame and how it works or doesn t work, in many cases There s some terrific historical pieces here on how the institution functions and came to be in its present form Some of the material is a bit dated now, but most of it is very strong, combining strong data analysis with a sense for how the game is played in a readable and pleasing format that makes it compelling Bill James is at the top of the SABR metrician pantheon, and there s a good reason [...]


  7. I first read this book twenty years ago Just as entertaining a read today James, a clever statistician, analyses the history of the baseball Hall of Fame how this peculiar institution and its voting patterns have developed and what should be done to correct them None of which, it must be said, have been adopted He challenges a number of players who have been voted in and answers questions about many who are frequently brought up as worthy of induction His statistical comparison of players is fas [...]


  8. This is a good book that is marred by the fact that it has changed the way we view baseball history in a deletrious matter It looks at Hall of Fame cases for various players using traditional stats Had this book come out recently, James might have used advanced stat and qualititative measures like the Keltner List I think of the Keltner List as a guide, not something to be slavishly followed, but it is a good way to look at a players career.Unfortunately, since this book has come out, our firs [...]


  9. A good intro to James sabermetric thoughts as they impact the Hall of Fame.Though he says early on that this is NOT a book about who should be in or out, it s clear that he thought Phil Rizzuto written before his induction shouldn t be in , Dick Allen shouldn t be in, and Don Drysdale should be out, among others.And, was Sandy Koufax s late career brilliance in part not only leaving Ebbetts Field, but then leaving the L.A Coliseum and its short left field for spacious Dodger Stadium and it s ult [...]


  10. Was really disappointed with this book, so much so I stopped on chapter 9 As a lover of ALL things Baseball I thought this would be a good read, but it s just Bill James nagging about how the Hall of Fame is corrupt and doesn t take into consideration all of his requirements He s better off just making a magazine with all the comparable stats than turning it into a book Did not enjoy this at all.


  11. Do you ever wonder why Babe Ruth, the most popular player of all time, only garnered 95% of the Hall of Fame vote instead of 100% Or why a hitter as poor as Rabbit Maranville is in the Hall Bill James walks us through a history of the Hall of Fame and its voting processes, while also presenting unique James ian ways of quantifying just what a baseball Hall of Famer is supposed to be.


  12. Really only suited for baseball history geeks, but it does include lines like It s enormously difficult to get to Cooperstown NY seven months of the year, and Marco Polo couldn t get there during the other five.


  13. Si quieres un completo analisis del Salon de la Fama del Beisbol, este es tu libro Bill James nos da su opinion de quienes estan y de quienes deberian estar en este Olympo del Beisbol Un libro muy analitico del Salon Excelente.


  14. Very similar to the abstract, and not much in here I didn t already know, but compulsively readable, as always Should ve put the Rice HOF rant here rather than in his newest Abstract reviewOh, well



  15. A good look at how the Baseball Hall of Fame works and its history also looks at who should and should not be in it and why Interesting though much info is now outdated still worth reading.





  16. A great piece of baseball research as well as the history of baseball and the fiasco that has been the history of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.




  17. Softcover version of the James book Politics of Glory, presumably to address the 1994 election of Phil Rizzuto to the HOF.


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