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Roger Maris Jr. holds up a copy of the New York Mirror from the Hall of Fame archive detailing his father’s 61st home run. (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF)

More than 50 years since he memorably entered the baseball record books, the name Roger Maris still evokes memories of a simpler time, an era when he and his Bronx Bomber teammates dominated the sport.

On Wednesday, Roger Maris Jr., the son of the slugging outfielder, had the opportunity to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with a group that included his wife, two daughters and a number of his wife’s relatives from the Upstate New York area.

Luis Sojo and family pose for a picture in front of the Museum's Grand Staircase. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Much like the many visitors to Cooperstown on Monday, Luis Sojo and family were visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum during a summer vacation. Unlike the others, he was one of the players that helped the New York Yankees win four World Series crowns in five years beginning in the mid-1990s.

Sojo, a utility infielder who spent most of his time at second base, had a 13-year big league career (1990-2001, 2003), parts of seven of which were spent with the Yankees, but also included stops with the Mariners, Angels, Blue Jays and Pirates.

Photo courtesy of Brad Mangin

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Most players spend a career working simply to put the bat on the ball.

And then there was Tony Gwynn – who led opposing pitchers to believe he was nearly incapable of a swing and a miss.

Over 17 seasons with the Cardinals, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson won 20 games five times. (NBHOF Library)

Born on Nov. 9, 1935, as the youngest of seven children to Victoria and Pack Gibson in Omaha, Neb., Bob “Hoot” Gibson overcame amazing odds to become one of the game’s most dominant pitchers.

Hall of Famer Tony La Russa sits down in the Plaque Gallery for an interview during his Orientation Visit. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Months after joining baseball most exclusive team, Tony La Russa admits he still has trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that he has reached the game’s pinnacle.

“I always thought this was for players and personalities like Tommy (Lasorda) and Earl (Weaver) and Sparky (Anderson),” he said. “I’m pretty much a relentless grinder.”

Hall of Famer Joe Torre takes a moment with some Yankees artifacts during his Hall of Fame Orientation Tour. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

With a media throng following his every step, Joe Torre visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time since his recent election. What three camera crews, a half-dozen sportswriters and a couple photographers saw was a man enjoying the experience of being one of the sport’s newest immortals.

“I can’t walk out in the rain now,” Torre joked as technicians hooked him up with tiny microphones at the start of his Tuesday afternoon tour, part of the orientation visit he and his wife Ali experienced in Cooperstown.

Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox stop in the Plaque Gallery during their Hall of Fame orientation visit on Monday. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Over 11 seasons, pitcher Greg Maddux and manager Bobby Cox helped define the success of an Atlanta Braves team that was among the most consistent of all time.

On Monday, thanks to that success, the pair found themselves sharing the glory of joining the most exclusive team in the National Pastime’s long history.

1996 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Charley Feeney. (NBHOF Library)

He called everybody “Pally” because he wasn’t good with names and didn’t want to offend anyone. But Charley Feeney was more than a nice guy. He was a baseball literary legend.

Feeney, the 1996  J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner, passed away on March 17 at the age of 89.

Hall of Famer Tom Glavine stops in the Plaque Gallery during his Hall of Fame orientation tour today. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Though he claims partial Irish heritage, Tom Glavine was not sporting any green on Monday. But for the former star southpaw, this St. Patrick’s Day will always be memorable.

Glavine, the left-handed pitcher who was part of the famed Atlanta Braves starting staff of the 1990s along with Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, got his first tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum since he was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in January.

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas takes a moment in front of Babe Ruth's jersey during his orientation tour. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Still looking as if he could crush a baseball out of any big league ballpark, newly elected Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, the longtime Chicago White Sox slugger, took his first-ever tour of the Cooperstown institution on Monday morning.

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