This fascinating book covers every era of baseball and really answers the question of which players were the greatest of all time. Robert Cohen, a baseball scholar, examines the Hall of Fame from many perspectives, including its history and selection process, and defines the qualities a true Hall of Fame player should possess. Controversial sections include profiles of players linked to the use of performanceenhancing drugs, along with the cases of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose.
Robert Cohen is the author of three previous novels, The Organ Builder, The Here and Now, and Inspired Sleep, and a collection of short stories. Winner of a Lila Atcheston Wallace -Reader's Digest Writers Award, the Ribalow Prize, The Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Award, he has published short fiction in a variety of publications -- including Harpers, GQ, The Paris Review and Ploughshares. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Harvard University, and Middlebury College. He lives in Vermont.