For any baseball fanatic, a trip to Cooperstown can take on the aura of a holy pilgrimage. Yet many fans are unaware of what goes into the selection of players to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This volume offers a chronology of Hall of Fame voting from 1936 to the present; provides information about the awards (Cy Youngs and MVPs won), honors (Sporting News All-Star selections), and other career details (longevity, benchmark statistical achievements) that tend to sway voters; and summarizes the voting trends by position.
John McConnell is a retired associate dean of academic affairs of the School of Applied Arts and Sciences at California State University after a career of 33 years. Also serving as a professor and administrator, he was the first coach of the baseball team from 1954 through 1959 and was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.