Museum News

2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winnter Roger Angell. (The New Yorker)

In a career that has lasted more than five decades, Roger Angell has entertained readers with his elegant prose and inspired storytelling surrounding the national pastime. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, it was announced that he will be honored next summer in Cooperstown “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”

Angell, a senior editor at The New Yorker magazine, was elected the 2014 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday.

2014 Buck O'Neil Award winner Joe Garagiola. (NBHOF Library)

A few days after receiving word that he was the recipient of the 2014 John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Garagiola still had trouble explaining his good fortune.

“You get a call from the Hall of Fame, especially the way I played, you wonder what they want,” said Garagiola during a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon. “They certainly don’t want my bat, they don’t want my glove.

2014 Hall of Fame candidate Fred McGriff

Fred McGriff was cut from his high school baseball team as a sophomore – and became so determined to improve he road his bike 20 miles to the gym to train. 

All that hard work paid off. 

Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers in the Plaque Gallery. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Labor Day means the start of the pennant push in the big leagues, and few pitchers know more about postseason success than Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers. 

It’s a match made in Cooperstown, and visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum can experience the moment on Monday, Sept. 2 during a special Voices of the Game program at 10 a.m. 

The Iron Man honored Lou Gehrig during the Induction Ceremony with a reading of his plaque. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Speech Transcripts:

The afternoon began with showers and ended with one ironman honoring another. In between, smiles lit up an annual event considered one of the National Pastime’s most sacred.

Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal and Ozzie Smith interact with fans prior to taking the field for PLAY Ball. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

When Hall of Fame hurler Juan Marichal was asked how he was doing Friday morning, he replied enthusiastically, “Oh my God … I’m in heaven.”

The Dominican Dandy’s response may have been in part due to the perfect summertime weather, with the sun shining and blue skies, but many fans of the National Pastime might answer in a similar way at the official start of the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

By Andrew Kivette

Around the Horn - Hall of Fame Weekend Edition

Pre-Hall of Fame Weekend Conference Calls:

“We’ll see you in Cooperstown.”

All customers who did not retrieve their game tickets from the Will Call location on Saturday, May 25th, and are seeking a refund for the ticket purchase - please call 607.547.0270. 

Hall of Famer Stan Musial giving his induction speech during the 1969 Induction Ceremony. (NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Stan Musial hit the baseball the wrong way.

Corkscrew stance. Inside-out swing. Off-balance follow-through.

But Stan Musial played baseball the right way. Few who saw the Cardinals’ legend in person thought a better ballplayer existed.

[In Memoriam]

Musial died Saturday evening at the age of 92. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969, he remains one of baseball’s iconic heroes.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Edgar Martinez (NBHOF Library)

Edgar Martinez has been elected into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Now he’s got his sights set on Cooperstown.

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