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.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – When Paul Blair began his professional baseball career, he envisioned himself as a shortstop.
But once he arrived in the big leagues in 1964, Blair spent the next 17 seasons collecting Gold Gloves for his play in the outfield – and World Series rings for his overall contributions to championship teams.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Goose Gossage’s focus on the field was legendary during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.
But when Gossage steps onto Doubleday Field on Father’s Day for the Hall of Fame Classic, fans will forgive him if he’s a little distracted.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Although it is Spring Break from school for kids all over the country this week, visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are getting an education.
This week, the Hall of Fame celebrated Youth Baseball Week with educational programs for kids of all ages.
In Going, Going, Gone!, visitors got to recreate the baseball broadcast from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series between the Giants and the Senators.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Joe Mauer’s thoughts are never far from home.
But when the Minnesota Twins All-Star appears on the next episode of Homecoming with Rick Reilly on Saturday, he’ll receive a double dose of home – thanks to Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.