For one acclaimed fan of the National Pastime, the Society for American Baseball Research’s Nineteenth Century Committee’s sixth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell Base Ball Conference at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum this weekend proved to be a time to celebrate in a 21st century way.
Proving that baseball is an international sport, the 2014 big league season’s opening series has Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, this weekend. Today, Justin Huber, a native of the island nation located southeast of Asia between the Pacific and Indian oceans, has an important piece of his baseball life inside the walls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The eyes of the baseball world will soon be gazing upon the small village at the southern most tip of Otsego Lake in the heart of Leatherstocking Country.
Serving up the first pitch of the 25th Annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture was famed author and commentator Frank Deford, the keynote speaker and opening salvo of a three-day event involving lovers of the national game.
While poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic, the day was anything but a total washout as fans had the opportunity to meet, shake hands and have their photo taken with a couple dozen of those who had the rare opportunity to play in the big leagues.
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.