Record-Setting Crowds Visit Cooperstown on Induction Eve for Class of 2014

Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre to Be Enshrined Sunday at National Baseball Hall of Fame

July 26, 2014
The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 greeting the crowd during the Awards Presentation. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) The line outside the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday began winding into nearby Cooper Park just after 9 a.m. on Saturday, and the fans continued to pack baseball’s cathedral throughout the afternoon.

The legendary Class of 2014 has created an unforgettable weekend in Cooperstown.

More than 6,700 fans paid a visit to the Museum on Saturday, the biggest one-day total at the Cooperstown shrine since Hall of Fame Weekend 2007. Meanwhile, Class of 2014 members Bobby CoxTom GlavineTony La RussaGreg MadduxFrank Thomas and Joe Torre met a huge media contingent and prepared for the moment of a lifetime at Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. ET Induction Ceremony.

“This is the pinnacle,” said Thomas, who appeared to be wearing a permanent smile. “This tells you that all the hard work meant something. It’s just incredible.”

Saturday began with the annual Hall of Fame Weekend Golf Tournament at Cooperstown’s beautiful Leatherstocking Golf Course. Carlton Fisk and Ozzie Smith captured low gross score honors with a pair of 72s, while Maddux shot a 74 on the shores of beautiful Otsego Lake. 

By midday, Cooperstown’s historic Main Street had turned into the boulevard of baseball dreams as village officials closed the thoroughfare to all but pedestrian traffic.

The afternoon featured the annual Awards Presentation, where Roger Angell was presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers and Eric Nadel was presented with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence. Joe Garagiola was honored with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia. A packed Doubleday Field played host to the Awards Presentation as the returning Hall of Famers saluted the award winners from the stage.

Some of Saturday’s additional highlights included:

  • Saturday’s Museum attendance was the third-highest Saturday total in the past 15 years, topped by only Induction Weekend Saturdays in 2007 and 2001. The Museum is open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program able to enter the Museum at 7 a.m.
  • Fans jammed Main Street in record numbers to get a glimpse of their Hall of Fame heroes during the fifth annual Parade of Legends. The returning Hall of Famers rode down Main Street in pickup trucks provided by Ford Motor Company.

The Class of 2014 will be inducted at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Induction Ceremony is free and open to the public and will be shown live on MLB Network and broadcast nationally on Sirius/XM (Sirius 209 and XM 89). A webcast will be shown at www.baseballhall.org. A broadcast of the Awards Presentation will be shown at 11 a.m. on Sunday on MLB Network.