While the forecast correctly predicted a consistently cloudy and drizzly day, the wet weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 125 children attending the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field on Friday afternoon.
Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey once described the role of a scout as having the ability to “assay the gold content in a handful of ore.” Today, the long and storied history of those same miners, always on the lookout for the next diamond in the rough, is told at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
For a baseball fan, the annual Cooperstown Golf Classic represents the round of a lifetime.
Museum Member David Vernon Lustig has repeated that 18-hole dream in each of the last three years – and will return to Cooperstown again this Memorial Day Weekend. But for Lustig, the chance to drive and putt with Hall of Famers is only a part of what brings him back again and again.
Before division champions and division series, before wild cards and the LCS, there were three-game playoffs.
Fifty years ago this week, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-games-to-1 in what was the National League’s fourth best-of-3 playoff series in 17 years. Its like has not been seen since, and it may never be seen again.
For its first six decades, the NL decided its champion on the basis of regular-season record. Not once in that time had extra games been needed to decide the title.
"It was the most exciting time of my life," said Jean Faut. "And we can't talk about it too much or I'll startcrying because it was wonderful."
- Barry Larkin press conference transcript
- Santo family press conference transcript
- McCarver/Elliott press conference transcript
“This is baseball heaven, so I try and spend as much time here as I can.”
In responding to a reporter’s question why he returns to Cooperstown for the annual National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, legendary shortstop Ozzie Smith may have been speaking for all those who’ve shared in the experience over the past eight decades.