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The Hall Ball

One Fan's Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball

Ralph Carhart


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Rescued in 2010 from the small creek that runs next to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, a simple baseball launched an epic quest that spanned the United States and beyond. For eight years, The Hall Ball went on a journey to have its picture taken with every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, both living and deceased. The goal? To enshrine the first crowd-sourced artifact ever donated to the Hall. Part travelogue, part baseball history, part photo journal, this book tells the full story for the first time. The narratives that accompany the ball's odyssey are as funny and moving as any in the history of the game.

McFarland & Company, 9781476679648, 263pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2020

About the Author

Ralph Carhart is a Brooklyn-based theatre director and manager, as well as a baseball historian. Active in the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR), he has contributed to four volumes of player biographies published by SABR and is the head of their 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project.