History, Major Leagues, Rants

Hall of Fame Redux

The only fitting finale to the Heat/Humidity Tour is a visit to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been, but it is always rewarding. And this one fell on the weekend after the annual induction ceremony, so the crowds were minimal (we were even able to park on the street for free just a few blocks away!).

Speaking of inductions, here’s the six (can you believe it?) who got in this year. Still no Edgar Martinez, which is just wrong. Lobby your representatives people!

Before we got to the Hall, we spotted this hat in one of the many baseball-themed shops that populate Main Street. The explanation leaves many questions unanswered, but provides a truly obscure bit of baseball trivia to use with your friends.

Shortly after entering the Hall, there was a public announcement that the Astros’ world series trophy was on display but would be removed in just over an hour. It looked like all the others I’ve seen, but here it is.

See my July 26, 2016 post about the Hall. None of the suggestions I made then have implemented (is no one listening?!). The museum portion is still much too artifact based. Along with the suggestions I made before, there should be a significant offering on analytics and how it has and is changing the game. But it is baseball and tradition reigns supreme.

I was also shocked that neither the bookstore nor the museum shop carried Tom Verducci’s excellent book, Cubs Way, by far the best baseball book I’ve read in recent years.

The terrific Henry Aaron display has one quote I’d forgotten: “Trying to throw a fastball by Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.” Pitcher Curt Simmons.

This display of baseballs from the 1800’s intrigued me because of the small stitches on the balls compared to today’s version. There were others from the early days displayed elsewhere, including the lemon peel ball which had four seams running “vertically.”

So this tour is over. Eighteen states, eleven games, 4,876 miles, way too much ballpark food, but lots and lots of fun. I highly recommend it.

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3 thoughts on “Hall of Fame Redux

  1. Da Boz says:

    Your best blogging ever! Man, this was great every every day. Great game descriptions, great sidelights, great sleuthing, and great writing. I didn’t go back but think I remember one day’s entry that included “piquancy”, at least one other dollar fitty word and, as I recall, finished with the description of a pedestrian something as “lovely.” You went literary on multiple occasions. Time to bind all entries and put a hardcover on them.

    Thanks very much for giving us another lovely year of your capturing America. And Americana. Ok, you got all the major league parks but there are still dozens of awesomely named baseball podunks out there. One more year? Your crowd is chanting like Felix fans savoring two strikes.

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  2. Ira Zarov says:

    And you thought you were done!

    Taiwan Baseball? It’s ‘Hot Noisy,’ and Ingrained in National Identity

    Read about it in the August 5 (I think) NYT.

    Great trip.

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