Personality News

By Jackson Malnati 

“If a man put a gun to my head and said I’m going to pull the trigger if you lose this game, I’d want Luis Tiant to pitch that game.” 

By Max Miller 

Saturnino Orestes Arrieta Armas Minoso, better known as Minnie, is recognized today as the first dark-skinned Latin player to play Major League Baseball. As such, Minoso blazed a trail – not unlike Jackie Robinson – for thousands of players who followed him to the big leagues. 

Chris Stewart and his family were given a tour of the Hall of Fame and Museum's collection. (Bill Francis/NBHOF Library)

Dressed casually, pushing a baby stroller and surrounded by his family, Chris Stewart fit right in among the crowd – eagerly taking in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday afternoon. But unlike the other fans of the National Pastime soaking in the experience, Stewart’s a big league player with the New York Yankees – taking time off in the middle of a hectic season.

Currently the backup catcher behind Russell Martin, the 30-year-old Stewart, with the All-Star break looming, decided the time was right to make his first trip to Cooperstown.

Hall of Famer Billy Williams (center) and his wife Shirley listen as senior curator Tom Shieber gives them a tour of the library. (Craig Muder/NBHOF Library)

By Connor O'Gara

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Billy Williams just couldn’t wait any longer.

The Hall of Fame outfielder has been waiting for his former friend and teammate Ron Santo to get inducted among the baseball immortals for over 30 years. Williams would go to a party in Santo’s honor the day the Baseball Hall of Fame voting results came out, hoping it would finally be the year. But until this year, the call never came.

But now, the waiting game is over.

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She’s already represented in Cooperstown, but Judy Scarafile’s place in baseball history is still being written. As President of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 1991, she’s worked with the summer wooden bat collegiate league for more than 40 years.

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Linda Alvarado had a simple goal: Think big.

This is the philosophy of life which Linda Alvarado learned from her parents. Growing up in Albuquerque, N.M. in a family with five brothers, living in an adobe home with no running water, she applied this ethic vigorously, rising to become the head of a major construction company and the first Hispanic owner of a major league baseball team.

When asked by a newspaper reporter in the early 1930s if there was any thing she doesn’t play, Babe Didrikson Zaharias replied, “Yeah, dolls.”

Among the sports that Zaharias did play were track and field, golf, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, swimming, boxing and diving. She was also good at billiards, cycling, polo, shooting, roller skating, bowling, riding horses and even the harmonica.

"My goal was to be the greatest athlete who ever lived," she said.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born in the South Bronx, just a few miles from Yankee Stadium.

And en route to judicial history, Sotomayor had an impact on baseball history.

Sotomayor grew up valuing education, hard work, and family. She excelled in high school, graduating at the top of her class and earning a scholarship to Princeton University. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton, Sotomayor went to Yale Law School and earned top honors. After law school, Sotomayor became the Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan.

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The role of fans in the game of baseball cannot be overstated.

Fans drive the game with their spirit, dedication and support (both emotional and financial) of their favorite teams and players. While we are so often reminded of the great players and personalities that have shaped the game on the field, in the front office and from the broadcast booth, it is the faithful fans who support their teams through the ups and downs that have established baseball as our nation’s pastime.

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Margaret Gisolo was an athlete. And in 1928, most athletes wanted to play baseball – no matter what their gender.

Born Oct. 21, 1914, Margaret Gisolo grew up in the small mining town of Blanford, Ind., The youngest of six children born to Italian immigrants, she learned to play baseball with her brothers on the sandlot near her father’s grocery store.

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