Nothing's better than having a nice set of balls.
Containing nearly 200 full-color photographs and a foreword by Brooks Robinson, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame (Simon & Schuster, $35) illustrates the
treasures of baseball’s shrine—many rarely, if ever, displayed to visitors. Nearly 300,000 people visit the Baseball Hall of Fame every year. For baseball fans who can’t visit (or can’t visit enough), this book is a beautiful four-color compendium of photographs of legendary players, bats, gloves, balls, uniforms and historic documents, including:
• Babe Ruth Sale Promissory Note, dated December 26, 1919 and the final transfer agreement from the Red Sox to the Yankees.
• FDR’s “Green Light Letter,” in which the President insisted that Major League Baseball should
continue, as usual, during World War II.
• Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day Trophy that the legendary player, stricken with the disease that
now bears his name, received at his public farewell on July 4, 1939.
• 1909 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card: Called “The Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, copies
have sold for millions of dollars.
• 1976 White Sox Uniform—with shorts! The short-lived experiment would last for only three
• Jackie Robinson’s “Day-by-Day sheet” from the year he broke the color barrier, 1947.
• Bat used by Ted Williams for his 521st
• Scorecard from the first perfect game, thrown by Lee Richmond in 1880.
• Spikes worn by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.