COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – From his big league debut at the age of 19 to his waning playing years as one of the game's deluxe pinch-hitters, Rusty Staub could put the bat on the ball.
That skill kept Staub in the big leagues for 23 seasons – and now brings him to the threshold of the Hall of Fame.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Time and the gaudy stats of contemporary catchers have each conspired to help obscure Ted Simmons' big league career.
But in the cold analysis of the black-and-white page, Simmons' remains one of the best hitting catchers in the history of baseball.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Al Oliver set his sights on baseball history from the moment he debuted in the big leagues.
Now, Oliver stands one step short of baseball immortality – and the Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot features 33 players, including 14 holdovers from previous elections and 19 newcomers.
Any candidate receiving votes on 75 percent of the ballots will earn election to the Hall of Fame. Candidates will be enshrined on Induction Weekend July 22-25 in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The business of baseball, with some minor bumps, ran in the owners' favor for almost 100 years.
Marvin Miller changed that.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Only one manager in the history of baseball has skippered one team five different times.
Billy Martin may be a controversial figure in New York Yankees history, but what is indisputable was the success he found on the diamond.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – His name has become part of the sports lexicon, thanks to a surgery he helped pioneer.
But lost in the medical definitions and comeback stories is the pitching career Tommy John fashioned for nearly three decades. And it's that career that has led him to the edge of immortality in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – More than 30 years later, Ron Guidry's 1978 season still looks like a typo in the record book.
Twenty-five wins and only three losses. A 1.74 earned-run average. Nine shutouts and 248 strikeouts.
And while Guidry never again matched those numbers, his 14-year career with the New York Yankees demonstrates that he was far from a one-year wonder. Now, he stands on the edge of Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Pat Gillick built it – again and again and again.
And at every stop, they came: Victories, fans and championships.