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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.

Hall of Fame Left Fielder Ralph Kiner was elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1975. (NBHOF Library)

Every time Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner stepped to the plate, he was thinking about hitting a home run. That may be why he accomplished the feat once every 14.1 at bats – a number topped by only five men in baseball history.

Former big leaguer Chuck Goggin  shares a moment with a young fan during a Night at the Museum. (Milo

Chuck Goggin made his first-ever trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last weekend. The former big leaguer, who spent three seasons (1972-74) in the majors, was to participate in the 2013 Hall of Fame Classic until a constant rain curtailed those plans.

A Leage of Their Own movie poster featured in our Baseball at the Movies exhibit. (NBHOF Library)

In March, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Women's History Month with a look at women who changed baseball history.

Most Americans are aware that in the 1940s and early 1950s a baseball league in which the players were entirely women hosted games across America. What many may not realize is how remembrance of this league was almost lost to greater American memory save for the efforts of another important, groundbreaking woman: Penny Marshall. 

Nancy Faust (NBHOF Library)

In March, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Women's History Month with a look at women who changed baseball history.

The ballpark is surely a feast for the senses: The sights of the game, the smell of the the field…the touch of your mitt as you sit in the stands eager to grab a foul ball. 

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