COOPERSTOWN, NY – When Jeff Kent tearfully announced his retirement in January 2009, fans said goodbye to the most prolific home run-hitting second baseman of all time.
On Father’s Day, many of those same fans will welcome Kent to Cooperstown when he suits up again for the Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Fan favorite Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith may have stood out for the backflips he performed for special occasions, but it was his acrobatics at shortstop during the games that punched his ticket to Cooperstown.
Smith won a record 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards between 1978 and 1996 with the Padres and Cardinals on his way to a Hall of Fame career, turning defense into must-see TV on highlight shows.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – John Doherty was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and later experienced the other side of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as a pitcher with Boston.
On Father’s Day, Doherty will reunite with many players from that rivalry when he suits up at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Dennis Rasmussen towered over batters on the mound for 12 big league seasons. The 6-foot-7 lefty pitched from the Padres, Yankees, Reds, Cubs and Royals from 1983-1995.
Now, Rasmussen is headed to the home of the giants of baseball: Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – After a career as an All-Star right fielder, Kevin Bass should feel right at home in Cooperstown.
Bass, a 14-year big league veteran, will suit up on Father’s Day at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown in the Hall of Fame Classic. The second-annual Classic Weekend will feature Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith, along with 20 other former major leaguers – like Bass – in a seven-inning exhibition game, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Many infielders can play more than one position, but Desi Relaford went above and beyond, even proving successful on the pitcher’s mound.
Predominantly a shortstop during his 11-year big league career, Relaford took the mound in a blowout while with the Mets in 2001, throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout and 90-plus mph heat. Now, Relaford is ready to showcase his versatile skills in Cooperstown.
America’s National Pastime gets examined through a number of different prisms this week.
Approximately 120 people from throughout the country will converge on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for three days, beginning on Wednesday, June 2, to attend the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.
Co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the symposium examines the impact of baseball on American culture from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Bill Madlock was the only right-handed hitter between 1973 and 1987 to win a National League batting title.
And he did it four times.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – The dynasty that was the Oakland A’s of the 1970s was flush with future Hall of Famers, including Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and manager Dick Williams.
But it was their pesky shortstop, Bert Campaneris, that often kept things together for the Swinging A’s en route to three straight World Series titles.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew has a quiet disposition and has spent most of his post-baseball life building a charitable foundation that bears his name.
But on the field, he led the league in home runs six times, in RBI three times and was named to 11 All-Star teams, earning the nickname “Killer”.