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    review of a couple of new baseball books, on the HOF and Clemens. The former appears to be an interesting read

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 180HTM.DTL

    <<...One year he attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremony only to encounter, among the former players, "a convicted drug dealer, a reformed cokehead who narrowly beat a lifetime suspension from baseball, a celebrated sex addict, an Elders of Zion conspiracy nut, a pitcher who wrote a book about how he cheated his way into the Hall, a well-known and highly arrested drunk driver, and a couple of nasty beanball artists. They had been washed clean by the magical powers of Cooperstown."...>>

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    Re: &quot;the whitewash hall of fame&quot;

    Originally posted by gh
    They had been washed clean by the magical powers of Cooperstown."...>>
    Which is why Pete Rose is so desperate to get in . . . and Manny and Sosa and Canseco and McGuire and etc., etc..

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    • #3
      Of course, Cooperstown as the site of the baseball HOF is the result of a whitewash, as the real historical birthplace of modern baseball was Hoboken, New Jersey. :wink:

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      • #4
        The plaque commemorating that fact is a couple of blocks from where I live.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mcgato
          The plaque commemorating that fact is a couple of blocks from where I live.
          The 'facts' of baseball's origin remain unclear. As wiki sez:

          "The Knickerbocker Rules (1845) describe a game that they had been playing for some time. In 1845, the Knickerbocker Club of New York City (Manhattan) began using Elysian Fields in Hoboken to play baseball due to the lack of soft grounds on Manhattan. In 1846, the Knickerbockers played the New York Nine on these grounds in the first organized game between two clubs. A plaque, and baseball diamond street pavings at 11th and Washington Streets commemorate the event."

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