The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, honors those elected and immortalizes them with bronze plaques. Since the first election in 1936, the question of who should be included in the Hall has been the source of great delight and debate. One thing is clear, election to the Hall of Fame is the highest mark of achievement in the game.
For fans visiting the Museum in Cooperstown, the Plaque Gallery on the first floor is sure to stir memories and emotions.
The Hall of Fame is comprised of 312 elected members. Included are 217 former major league players, 28 executives, 35 Negro leaguers, 22 managers and 10 umpires. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has elected 121 candidates to the Hall while the Committees on managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players (in all of its forms) has chosen 165 deserving candidates (96 major leaguers, 28 executives, 22 managers, nine Negro Leaguers and 10 umpires). The defunct “Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues” selected nine men between 1971-77 and the Special Committee on Negro Leagues in 2006, elected 17 Negro Leaguers. There are currently 70 living members. By position, there are: 77 pitchers, 17 catchers, 21 first basemen, 21 second basemen, 16 third basemen, 24 shortstops, 21 left fielders, 24 center fielders, 24 right fielders, 1 designated hitter, 23 managers, 10 umpires and 33 executives.
All of the Hall of Fame's living members (except Ty Cobb) sit for a photograph on June 12, 1939 in Cooperstown - BL-4253-89 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)