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.
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.