You can sense the anticipation building in Cooperstown, the upstate New York village of some 2,000 year-round residents, as its ranks swell many times over because the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Induction Weekend is mere hours away.
Whether you are taking a stroll down Main Street, visiting the Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery, or grabbing a slice at a local pizzeria, the feeling is palpable that something important is about to happen. And it is, with the induction of slugger Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Soon, the day they worked and dreamed about will be upon the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Now, a week’s worth of anticipation is all that stands between Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey, Whitey Herzog and Cooperstown.
“It changes your life drastically,” said Dawson of being elected to the Hall of Fame. “I couldn’t have imagined it.”
Sprinkled among the two teams in the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic were seven honored inductees with bronze likenesses in the Plaque Gallery. But for a quartet of the 22 other former major leaguers that participated in Sunday afternoon’s game at Doubleday Field, a part of the careers will forever be part of the Cooperstown institution.
The Hall of Fame is constantly adding new artifacts to its vast collection, and for the four players in town this weekend who have donated something from their playing careers the honor has been everlasting.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – They came back to the home of baseball with their old uniforms and gloves, ready to play the game they love one more time. They came back to reminisce with old rivals and teammates, savoring a chance to swap stories and renew friendships.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Mark Whiten etched his name into baseball history – and the Hall of Fame archive – with a four-homer performance for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993.
On Sunday, Whiten became part of Doubleday Field lore with a legendary afternoon at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic.
Approximately 200 children received the experience of a lifetime when a dozen men with about 65 years of big league time lent their vast experience with the national pastime to the next generation of ballplayers.
The Legends for Youth Skills Clinic for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, was held under brilliantly sunny skies Saturday afternoon at historic Doubleday Field.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – During last year’s Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, Robert Zullo and his son Anthony enjoyed running on Doubleday Field and playing a game of catch.
This year, they couldn’t wait to come back to share another Father’s Day in Cooperstown.
Anthony brought his older sister Ashton to join in on the fun at Family Catch on Saturday – the day before the second-annual Hall of Fame Classic. Robert Zullo, a participant in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program from Stuyvesant Falls, N.Y., comes to Cooperstown every year.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Rollie Fingers spent most of his big league career changing how baseball is played.
This Father’s Day, Fingers will have the chance to make a little more history at the second-annual Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – He played baseball’s most demanding position with such pride and enthusiasm that they called him “The Kid.”
And on June 20, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter brings that love of the game to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Classic.
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.