Great Baseball Books
The Case for those Overlooked by the Baseball Hall of Fame
As overlooked as the players whose stories it tells is this gem of a book. While passionate arguments rage over who should and shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, Kelley presents entertaining portraits of a number of "borderline" players, from Tony Oliva to Minnie Minoso, from Carl Mays to Babe Herman. Bill James has also written a terrific book on the Hall of Fame, Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame, Free Press, 1995 (orig. published as The Politics of Glory, 1994) A systematic overview of the history and politics of who is and isn't in the Hall (and who should and should not be in there), this is an enjoyable and thought-provoking book that can will the winter's Hot Stove League embers burning.