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."
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“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.
The eyes of the baseball world will once again be gazing upon Cooperstown, the quaint Upstate New York village nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, where this weekend the game will be celebrated with a number of special events.
COOPERSTOWN, NY - A celebration for Roberto Alomar to honor his contributions to baseball history introduced Johanna Perez to Cooperstown for the very first time in July 2011.
On Sunday, she carved her own spot in Baseball Hall of Fame history, becoming the first woman to join the Cooperstown Golf Classic, a fundraiser now in its third year to raise funds to support the Museum's educational mission.
But her role in becoming the first woman to play in the event is only half of the story.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A perfect summer day ended with a perfectly exciting way to end a ballgame.
The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and a few white clouds eased overhead in Cooperstown as the fourth Hall of Fame Classic Weekend reached its pinnacle on Saturday afternoon.
Harkening back to a simpler time, a trait Cooperstown is well versed in, the Cooperstown Game Day Parade began at noon. Running along Main Street, it began its tour at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and ended outside historic Doubleday Field.
Based on his major league career, Jon Warden probably isn’t the most recognizable player on the Hall of Fame Classic roster. Not this year, or any of his three previous Father’s Day Weekend trips to Cooperstown.
But from his first step onto Doubleday Field, Warden has been a fan favorite.