COOPERSTOWN, NY – Thousands of baseball fans have already used Facebook to stay connected to their heroes at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Once again this year, baseball fans can nominate their favorite broadcaster for the Hall of Fame's prestigious Ford C. Frick Award throughout September.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The question caught Bert Blyleven off guard, but the answer was never in doubt.
Before he even left Cooperstown following his induction to the Hall of Fame, Blyleven was already planning his return trip for Hall of Fame Weekend 2012.
"Somebody asked me if I was coming back next year. Do I even need to answer?" Blyleven said. "I'm coming back every year! It has been a fantastic experience."
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Larry Walker grew up with sticks, skates and pads as a hockey hopeful.
His sports destiny, however, landed him on the baseball diamond – and with a permanent place in the game's storied history.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For 20 seasons, Alan Trammell was the face of the Detroit Tigers.
And during those 20 years, Trammell proved to be one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – B.J. Surhoff began his career as the most highly thought-of amateur player in the United States.
He ended it as one of the most respected players in baseball.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – At the time of his retirement, the numbers left little room for doubt.
Lee Arthur Smith – by virtue of having saved the most games in major league history – was one of baseball's greatest relief pitchers.
Today, more than 13 years after his last big league game, Smith's numbers still rank among the game's best.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Benito Santiago began his major league career as one of the best catchers in baseball.
Almost two decades later, Santiago was still at the top of his game. Now, he is eligible for the Hall of Fame.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Kirk Rueter reduced all the statistics and analysis surrounding big league pitching to two numbers: Wins and losses.
And by the end of his career, no left-hander wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform had won more games than Rueter.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Tim Raines finished his big league career with the highest percentage of stolen bases of any player with 300-plus steals.
Now he is hoping to join the one percent of major league baseball players to make it into the Hall of Fame.