A Great Day in Cooperstown
The Improbable Birth of Baseball's Hall of Fame
A history of baseball's first century, told through the story of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and set against a backdrop of the museum's inaugural ceremony in 1939, explains how the Hall of Fame was partially created in an attempt to revive the Depression-era economy, shares the story of the fictitious Abner Doubleday, and more.
With his trademark eye and ear for the spirit of the game’s golden age, Reisler explains that the construction of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York was as much an attempt to revive the economy of a struggling draught-ravaged farming town at the height of the Depression as it was a tribute to the national pastime. The brain child of Stephen Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, and business man Alexander Cleland, the museum was a seemingly simple enough plan from a logistical perspective (as “an interesting museum” full of “funny old uniforms”), but actually required a strategic blend of bureaucratic maneuvering, creative storytelling, and good old fashioned panache to pull-off.
A Great Day in Cooperstown will be cherished by baseball fans and Americana enthusiasts alike.
Presents a history of baseball's first century, told through the story of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and set against a backdrop of the museum's inaugural ceremony in 1939.
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