With an All-Star team of writers, this ebook honors the careers of baseball's under-celebrated stars, from Ken Boyer to Rondell White.
Update 5: We've just added our 39th and 40th writers, the last of the additions (at least by the end of the Kickstarter funding period). Their names are Craig Fehrman and Jonah Keri.
Update 4: Two more exciting additions: Cee Angi and David Raposa.
Update 3: And now we've added Jon "Boog" Sciambi and Chad Finn.
Update 2: Thanks to so much support, we've brought on board three more writers: Bill Parker, The Common Man, and Jason Parks. Additional backers over the next few weeks will let us bring on even more writers.
Update: We nearly doubled our funding goal in just four days! Thanks to everyone who pledged or spread the word, the Hall of Very Good ebook will be a reality.
If you haven't pledged yet, does that mean you shouldn't? No! There are many reasons to pledge:
- You guarantee yourself a copy of the ebook at $10, a week before we make it available to everyone else in July.
- You get your name on the Donors page of the book, noting your ground level support of this indie project to everyone.
- You can nab yourself one of the higher-tier rewards, such as a thank-you postcard with our cover art or a customized version of the ebook.
- The more copies we pre-sell, the more authors we can bring in and the more articles we can commission.
Sky & Marc
The Hall of Very Good is an ebook meant to celebrate the careers of those who are not celebrated. It's not a book meant to reopen arguments about who does and does not deserve Hall of Fame enshrinement; rather, it's meant to remember those who, failing entrance into Cooperstown, will unfairly be lost to history. 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 Bret Saberhagen, Will Clark, Dwight Evans, Tim Salmon, Wilbur Wood, Orel Hershiser, and literally hundreds of others.
This is not a numbers-driven project (although our contributors lean analytical in their views). Our plan isn't to be overbearing with numbers and spreadsheets to convince you that these players are worth remembering. What we want to do, instead, is accomplish that same task through stories. 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 Very Good. Ask the people who have those memories and love for these players to write essays about them, and you have a book on the same topic.
It takes a talented writer to give these players their due honors, and we've collected thirty of them to do just that (see below). These are All-Star writers, some of our favorite must-reads in today's expansive baseball coverage landscape. They have diverse voices, diverse backgrounds and diverse interests, but they all love baseball and have a passion for the players they're writing about.
This is an ebook and will be available in both PDF and EPUB formats, suitable for reading on a computer, iPad, eReader, or smart phone. It will be DRM-free, not because we want people to steal it, but because we'd rather put our efforts into making better products than limiting who can read it.
Why Support HoVG via Kickstarter?
Funds raised via Kickstarter allow us to guarantee payment to the great group of authors listed below. In simplest terms, if we don't raise the minimum $3,000, this book won't be written. Money raised beyond that goal will help hire more contributors for more articles and create an even higher production value.
Your pledges not only earn you a copy of the finished product, but make sure the book is available to others, support the great people involved in the project, and encourage more indie projects in the future.
Who We Are
Marc writes about the Red Sox at SB Nation's Over the Monster and the game as a whole at Baseball Nation. He spent six years before that with Baseball Prospectus. Marc's work has also appeared at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Beyond the Box Score, among others. Sky has contributed to ESPN, Fangraphs, The Hardball Times and Baseball Prospectus, and was Beyond the Box Score's managing editor for two years. But the real strength of this project lies in the talented group of contributors listed below.
The Professional Touch
Justin Bopp has already produced the amazing cover art below, which is available on a postcard or as a full-size print via some of the reward tiers listed in the right sidebar. Josh Frank is our layout and design guru.
Our All-Star lineup of writers have contributed to Baseball Prospectus, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, ESPN, NBCSports, Yahoo! Sports, The Classical, Fangraphs and SBNation. They are:
- R.J. Anderson
- Cee Angi
- Tommy Bennett
- Ted Berg
- Jon Bernhardt
- Jon Bois
- Grant Brisbee
- Dave Brown
- Craig Calcaterra
- Carson Cistulli
- Cliff Corcoran
- Craig Fehrman
- Chad Finn
- Steven Goldman
- Owen Good
- Jay Jaffe
- Christina Kahrl
- King Kaufman
- Jonah Keri
- Matthew Kory
- Will Leitch
- Ben Lindbergh
- Sam Miller
- Rob Neyer
- Eric Nusbaum
- Bill Parker
- Jason Parks
- Jeff Passan
- Joe Posnanski
- Old Hoss Radbourn
- David Raposa
- David Roth
- Jon Sciambi
- Emma Span
- Cecilia Tan
- The Common Man
- Wendy Thurm
- Jon Weisman
- Josh Wilker
- Jason Wojciechowski
From everyone involved with The Hall of Very Good, thank you for your support.
(Photo credits belong to Flickr users Jack Zalium, Kirk Bravender, slgckgc, wisley, Jeff Marquis, Bobolink, PinkMoose, bsteve76, Matt McGee, permanently scatterbrained, plus the Library of Congress)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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You tell us your favorite player (any player) and we'll include a 1500 word article on his greatness in the book -- even if your favorite player is Tony Womack. Plus one customized copy of the digital book, a week before it's available for sale to the general public. And your name will be added to the Donors page, noting your support forever.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012