There are plenty of books detailing the careers and stories behind Hall of Famers. There aren’t many tomes discussing those players who aren’t quite Hall-worthy, but ARE worthy of a good, long appreciation. A new eBook, “The Hall of Nearly Great” serves to fill that void.
As their website states:
It’s for the players we grew up rooting for, the ones whose best years led to flags and memories that will fly together forever. Players like David Cone, Will Clark, Dwight Evans, Norm Cash, Kenny Lofton, Brad Radke, and many others.
. . . Think of your favorite players growing up: they have their moments, games, seasons, quirks, personalities, and legends worth remembering and sharing. Now, combine the best of everyone’s forgotten favorites, and you’ve got a Hall of Nearly Great. Ask the people who have those memories and love for these players to write essays about them, and you have The Hall of Nearly Great ebook.
They’ve assembled a rather wonderful assortment of writers to share their personal “Nearly Greats”. Authors such as Craig Calcaterra, Cliff Corcoran, Steven Goldman, Jay Jaffe, King Kaufman, Jonah Keri, Will Leitch, Sam Miller, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski and Josh Wilker have contributed to this project.