The University of Wisconsin Press
A Legend for the Legendary
The Origin of the Baseball Hall of Fame
James A. Vlasich
The origins of baseball are controversial. James A. Vlasich discusses the debates between two men intimately involved in nineteenth-century baseball, Henry Chadwick and Albert G. Spalding. Abner Graves of the Mills Commission claimed that Abner Doubleday had invented the game and he had done it in Cooperstown, New York. This claim was scrutinized at the time but the myth became etched into baseball history.
Through the years, however, some critics have questioned the Mills Commission report. The problem is that the Baseball Hall of Fame is built on this shaky foundation. The lack of diligence on the part of Spalding's self-appointed committee has led to a credibility gap for the baseball shrine that continues a half century after its dedication. Indeed, the story of the building of the Baseball Hall of Fame is filled with intrigue worthy of a political thriller.
Media & bookseller inquiries regarding review copies, events, and interviews can be directed to the publicity department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 263-0734. (If you want to examine a book for possible course use, please see our Course Books page. If you want to examine a book for possible rights licensing, please see Rights & Permissions.)
LC: 90-081497 GV
278 pp. 6 x 9
10 b/w photos
Paper $17.95 t
Cloth $41.95 t
Home | Books | Journals | Events | Textbooks | Authors | Related | Search | Order | Contact
If you have trouble accessing any page in this web site, contact our Web manager.
E-mail: email@example.com or by phone at 608-263-0733.
Updated April 18, 2011© 2011, The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System