COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – When one strolls through the Hall of Fame Gallery in Cooperstown, he or she will discover the stories of 295 (soon to be 297 when Barry Larkin and Ron Santo earn their plaques in July) of the most outstanding individuals who ever took part in our National Pastime.
Yet, one plaque in particular might stand out to the unfamiliar visitor – that of Effa Manley.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Tom Kotchman has spent 35 years in the minor leagues as a player, coach and scout. His son Casey made his major league debut at age 21 and has spent 8 seasons in the big leagues – hitting .306 for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.
Together, they are an impressive combination of baseball history.
Fresh of his playoff run with the Rays and his father’s 33rd year as a manager, the pair made the ultimate road trip to the home of baseball and visited the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Former Braves manager Bobby Cox may be retired from baseball, but he certainly isn’t out of the game.
“I see the guys all the time. I talk to Fredi [Gonzalez] and Roger [McDowell] daily,” he said referring to the Braves manager and pitching coach. “I get my baseball fix that way.”
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – It has often been said that it's like a baseball card collection coming to life when one attends an event at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But former big leaguer Dmitri Young added a twist to this on Monday.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The distance between Zeist, Netherlands and Cooperstown, N.Y. is about 3,600 miles, an amazing journey that finds Bert Blyleven still trying to comprehend.
For the Dutch-born Blyleven, a pitcher elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 5 on his 14th try on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, Tuesday was his third trip to Cooperstown but his first since he joined the game's most exclusive fraternity.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Roberto Alomar was born into a world of baseball.
On Tuesday, Alomar made his first pilgrimage to the home of baseball – and for Alomar, it felt like he was coming home.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Pat Gillick spent his professional career evaluating baseball talent, and his skill at the job took him all the way to Cooperstown.
So when Gillick toured the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday in preparation for his July 24 induction, his scouting instincts took over.
"There's a lot of guys here with high leg kicks," said Gillick while looking at artifacts from Sandy Koufax and other Hall of Fame pitchers. "You just don't see that any more."
United States President Barack Obama awarded Hall of Famer Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor – on Feb. 15.
Musial received the award at a White House ceremony along with other new medal winners including former President George H.W. Bush, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, poet Maya Angelou and Wall Street investor Warren Buffet.
During the ceremony, Obama said the recipients represent "the best of who we are and who we aspire to be."
In the 2010 movie Remember Me, actress Emilie de Ravin's character Ally is at a fancy restaurant meeting her boyfriend's father for the first time.
After telling him of her plans to get a job in social work with a concentration in criminal justice, he explains that she has chosen a difficult path.
"Well, when I was little I wanted to be the next shortstop for the New York Mets. It can't get much harder than that," she responds.