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Researcher Zann Nelson (front,center) poses with Pete Hill's family members in front of his recast plaque. (Milo Stewart Jr.)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Pete Hill was a giant of baseball. He played for the Cuban X Giants, Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants and Chicago American Giants as well as the Pittsburgh Keystones and Detroit Stars from the turn of the century to the early 1920s.

But it was because he was one of the greatest line-drive hitters of his era and had a rifle arm from center field that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, as part of a special election of candidates who emerged through a five-year study on the feats of Negro leagues and pre-Negro leagues stars.

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson (right) accepts Chelsea Baker's jersey. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – When Chelsea Baker looks around the field this week, the diamond will look the same, but her teammates will not.

Baker, a 13-year-old baseball phenom, is playing for the first time with a new team called the Sparks – made up of girls from all over the country – at Cooperstown Dreams Park this week, instead of her usual male teammates.

She has noticed a difference already, and although she thinks she talks more to her female teammates, "the boys root for me too," she said.

From left: Erik Strohl, David Maroney, Joseph Wassick and Hall of Fame assistant photo archivist Jenny Ambrose.(Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Babe Ruth spent his first full season with the Boston Red Sox in 1915. By Sept. 30 of that year, the team had clinched the league title and was set to play a series at the end of the regular season at Polo Grounds in New York.

Five days later on Oct. 5, the team posed for a photo on the foul line before a doubleheader against the Yankees. And thanks to a group of generous donors, that panoramic photo of a 20-year-old Ruth is now in the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

George Steinbrenner served as member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Board of Directors for 12 years. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – George Steinbrenner made baseball history during his 37-year tenure with the New York Yankees.

As a longstanding member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, Steinbrenner helped preserve that history – and much more as one of the stewards of the National Pastime.

Steinbrenner, 80, passed away Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. He was named to the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors July 25, 1998, and served until his death.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – He blazed a trail across the baseball world for parts of three decades, forever changing the game with fielding accomplishments never before seen.

He received baseball’s ultimate honor in the 2002, earning Hall of Fame election for his outstanding 19-year big league career that featured 15 All-Star Game selections and 13 Gold Gloves at shortstop.

Now, Ozzie Smith is committed to giving back to the game he loves. On July 23, that commitment will come alive for some fortunate fans at the annual PLAY Ball event at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

Cliff Kachline passed away Monday at the age of 88. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Not many people will know a subject so well during their lifetime that they are referred to as a “walking encyclopedia” by their colleagues.

But that was what Cliff Kachline was to baseball.

Kachline, the former reporter and editor of the Sporting News and historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, died Monday at the age of 88.

This photo is among the collection donated by Gary Jarvis to the Hall of Fame. (Gary Jarvis/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)


It’s a word often used to describe minor league ballparks, due to their intimacy, charm, and a sense of Americana. Gary Jarvis wholeheartedly agrees, and the photographer spent more than a decade capturing those kind of images all over the country.

Knuckleballer Eri Yoshida pitches for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. (Skip Reager)

CHICO, Calif. – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will receive a game jersey and the bat used to become the first woman in more than 50 years to collect a hit in a men’s professional league from Eri Yoshida’s May 29 debut with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.

The sign which honors Casey Stengel's retired No. 37 with the Mets, formerly at Shea Stadium, now hangs at the Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart Jr.)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – July 4, 1939, will always be remembered for Lou Gehrig’s timeless speech on what was “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium.

But lost in the emotion of the Iron Horse’s “Luckiest Man” speech was the start of a new baseball tradition: The retiring of uniform numbers Gehrig’s No. 4 was set aside that day, marking the first time in baseball a uniform was retired. Since that time, more than 100 numbers have been put away by baseball teams.

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