David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first turn on the ballot, while steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied entry to Cooperstown in their final year under consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, has joined Minnie Miñoso, Gil Hodges and three others in being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Josh Rawitch has plenty to be excited about. Less than two weeks back, on September 8, Rawitch would experience his first Induction Ceremony day on the job in Cooperstown as the incoming eighth president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This wasn't any ordinary welcoming of meeting department heads and swapping stories around a collection of sliced cake and a well filled punch bowl.
To anyone who has ever put on a Little League uniform, played catch with a parent, or tuned into a transistor radio to their favorite team, then Picturing America's Pastime - Historic Photography from the Baseball Hall of Fame Archives is a must-read...