COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The 1989 Hall of Fame Game turned into an intrasquad game after the Cincinnati Reds experienced plane trouble in Montreal and were unable to reach Cooperstown in time for the 2 p.m. start.
Instead, the Boston Red Sox– who had shown up on time– split into two teams and played to a 4-4 tie. Boston honored Carl Yastrzemski (who was being inducted that year) by naming one of the teams Yaz’s Red Sox, which squared off against the Regular Red Sox.
Play was lighthearted, and players gave away balls and signed autographs whenever possible. Johnny Bench (another 1989 inductee) showed up to take batting practice with the Red Sox.
Wade Boggs taking a cut on Doubleday Field, 1989. BL-11523.89 (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Library)
Former Hall of Fame President, Howard Tablot, and former Associate Director of the Museum, Bill Guilfoile, photographed on Doubleday Field before the Hall of Fame Game. BL-646.92 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Participants don Mudville jerseys for the 50th Anniversary Parade. The Parade, along with the Hall of Fame Game, were among many events that took place during Hall of Fame Weekend. BL-702.90 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)