Photos: ‘Baseball Comes Home’ by Dan Valenti Published; Book Chronicles Hall of Fame Game Series, 1939-2008
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“Baseball Comes Home” traces the 70-year series of the Hall of Fame Game played at historic Doubleday Field in
In the 201-page book, Valenti has unearthed much new information and many photographs that have never been published or have been seen only once upon original publication years and even decades ago. More than 150 photos, many in color, support the 75,000-word text in an oversized, coffee-table paperback format. Organized by decade, “Baseball Comes Home” includes game stories and discussion of every game, box scores, a complete index, and appendices.
Most of the source material in this definitive book comes from the Baseball Hall of Fame’s voluminous archives. For the first time, a single source brings together the most complete presentation ever of this important, heretofore untold, part of baseball history. This book will be relevant for years to come for baseball fans, researchers, historians, social scientists (each chapter includes a cultural overview of a relevant decade), and any reader who enjoys probing, intelligent, and insightful prose.
The book sets straight the “myth” of
“In telling the hidden history of this important series of games,” Valenti says, “the book traces the evolution of baseball from the iconic years of the game’s ‘Golden Age’ to the forces that eventually doomed the Hall of Fame Game: the ‘entertainment’ factor, the rock-star status of top players, and, above all, unprecedented amounts of money.”
The Baseball Hall of Fame Game series began in 1939 with a pickup game to mark Major League Baseball’s Centennial. That game featured Ruth, Lefty Grove,
Valenti has authored many books, including numerous baseball titles. In
Valenti is a frequent radio and TV guest. He hosted a daily AM radio show for 14 years based in
“Baseball Comes Home” documents in evocative text and stunning photos the game that annually paid tribute to baseball in the village that bears the honor of “Birthplace of Baseball.” The keepsake book is published by CR Custom Publishing. The book is available online at www.baseballcomeshome.com.
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