Museum News

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) – In a little more than a week, the eyes of the sports world will once again be focused on Cooperstown, N.Y., for baseball’s most exciting weekend.

With new classics and old favorites throughout the lineup, Hall of Fame Weekend 2014 promises to be an unforgettable moment in time for fans with a full slate of family events, baseball entertainment, and exclusive opportunities comprising a classic American weekend, July 25-28.

When referring to Yankee greats, one of the first names that comes to mind is Babe Ruth.

Now, a new chapter in the Great Bambino’s history has been discovered.

Taft First Pitch ball, 1910

President Taft threw out this baseball on Opening Day in Washington, April 14, 1910. It was the first time a President inaugurated the season with a first pitch.

Object, Green Light letter

The “Green Light” letter, written by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, January 15, 1942.

Baseballs

  • Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Babe Ruth, Mathewson, Landis & Kelly  
  • Calvin Coolidge & Wm Howard Taft autographs
  • Taft, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, Nixon
  • To Walter Johnson from Wm Howard Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson autograph
  • Warren G. Harding autograph, 1921
  • Warren G.

July 29, 1985

VP George HW Bush visits Museum and HOF Game, throws out ceremonial first pitch.

July 25, 1999 (Induction Sunday)

Texas Governor George W. Bush attends Induction Weekend as guest of Nolan Ryan.  Press conference with Ryan and him at Cooperstown High School on July 24, 1999.

July 27, 2003

Former President George HW Bush attends Induction Ceremony with grandson as guest of Gary Carter.

August 31, 2002

Former President Bill Clinton and United State Senator Hillary Clinton (New York) visit Museum.

For the first time in history, a sitting President will visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. These are President Obama's words from his weekly address this morning:

On Thursday, I'll be heading to Cooperstown, New York – home of the Baseball Hall of Fame – to talk about tourism. Because believe it or not, tourism is an export. And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America's attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone.

This jersey from the Museum’s collection was worn by Babe Ruth on June 13, 1948 during his retired number ceremony at Yankee Stadium. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Babe Ruth was bigger than the game, evolving through deed and legend to become part of the fabric of American culture.

Today, a piece of that fabric lives in Cooperstown – a Ruth jersey that he never wore in an official game and yet was seen by millions of fans during Babe’s lifetime.

It’s a story – like so many others – that comes alive at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend.

Hall of Fame Vice President of Exhibits and Collections Erik Strohl gives Dick and Lia Green a tour of the library. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

His name resides on the same list as Hall of Famers like Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra – men who played for teams that won three straight World Series titles.

His name is Dick Green. And 40 years ago, his play at second base helped anchor the great Oakland A’s teams that became a dynasty.

2014 Ford C. Frick Award winner Eric Nadel. (Texas Rangers)

Some five decades since his first trip to Cooperstown on a childhood excursion, Eric Nadel will be returning this summer as an honored guest.

Nadel, the longtime radio voice of the Texas Rangers, who just completed his 35th season announcing the franchise’s games, was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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