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”.
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.