Go Behind the Scenes in Cooperstown with ‘Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame’

New Book from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Simon and Schuster Gives Readers a Look at Rare Artifacts and the Stories Behind Them

June 04, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – For any baseball fan, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is the thrill of a lifetime – no matter how many times you visit. But with more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the Museum’s collection, few fans can say they have seen it all.

But thanks to the new book “Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame” from the Hall of Fame and published by Simon and Schuster, readers can now go behind the scenes to see seldom or never-displayed items from the Museum’s collection.

A perfect Father’s Day gift or a must-have addition to any baseball library, “Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame” also features some of the most important and popular artifacts on exhibit in Cooperstown – all gorgeously photographed in color. Informational captions were written by Hall of Fame experts and explain each artifact’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it.

As part of the Hall of Fame’s 74th Birthday Celebration on June 12, the Museum will host a panel discussion at 1 p.m. with Hall of Fame staff who contributed to “Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame.” Librarian Jim Gates, photographer Milo Stewart Jr., senior director of exhibitions and collections Erik Strohl and director of research Tim Wiles will take part in the round-table event, which will be held in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater and is included with Museum admission. A book signing will be held following the program.

For more information and a video look at “Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame” or to order your copy, please click here.

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