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”.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – He’s a rock-and-roll legend who changed the face of popular music.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Jay Johnstone was known for his clubhouse hijinks and his ability to keep teams loose. He was also good enough with a bat to spend 20 years in the major leagues.
Johnstone will bring his fun-loving ways back to the field for the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – They came to Cooperstown for the reasons they always do – the history and the memories and the love of the game.
But on Saturday, fans poured into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and made a beeline straight for the third floor. They clutched their cameras and leaned in close, breathing in the rarified air surrounding the 2009 World Series trophy.
Yankee Universe, savoring the moment in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Not quite 74 years after he threw his big league pitch, Bob Feller will treat baseball fans to one more appearance from Rapid Robert.
Feller, one of baseball’s most famous fireballers, will take the mound June 20 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. The second-annual Classic Weekend will also feature fellow Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith, along with 20 other former major leaguers in a seven-inning exhibition game, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Tony Saunders only spent one season with the Florida Marlins. But it was one memorable season.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – The 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers will always be remembered for the brilliant pitching of Orel Hershiser.
But without Tim Leary, the Dodgers would have never completed their improbable run to glory.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Phil Niekro mastered one of the most difficult pitches to throw, the knuckleball, and watched it dance past hitters for 24 seasons.
And much to the chagrin of some of those same hitters – but to the delight of fans at Doubleday Field – Niekro is ready to take the mound one more time for the June 20 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.