COOPERTSOWN, N.Y. – Led by a member of the national pastime's most exclusive fraternity, almost two dozen Lehigh Valley IronPigs could be found roaming the corridors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday afternoon, awed by their historic surroundings.
The chatter was like that of any group of baseball fans – exchanges focusing on batting, pitching and fielding.
But on Saturday at the Baseball Hall of Fame, many of those fans were talking about baseball's distant cousin, cricket, and the Museum's new Swinging Away exhibit that celebrates the relationship of the two sports.
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ken Gallinger has visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum regularly for the past 20 years. But when the Ormstown, Quebec, resident entered the Museum at 3:48 p.m. on Friday, his annual trip to Cooperstown became a part of Hall of Fame history.
Gallinger became the Museum's 15 millionth visitor since the Museum first opened its doors on June 12, 1939, when he entered with his Museum Membership card in hand, just days before the Museum's 72nd birthday.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A Hall of Fame career is not determined over one play, on season or one award. It is earned over a career of ten or more years of consistent excellence.
The bronze plaque in Cooperstown lists each team a player has played for during his career, but his cap shows the marks of the team with which he made his most indelible mark. For Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven in 2011, that will be the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins.
As we approach the end of 2010, we can't help but to pause and reflect on all the Hall of Fame has accomplished and how much we've grown, working together.
Cooperstown continues to be the heart and soul of our Game and its glorious history. With your generous support, the Hall of Fame continues to evolve and remain relevant in our ever changing world.