Current events and reflections on the game’s past produce some conflicting thoughts.
A baseball card from 35 years ago has stirred some thoughts in this week’s posting from Cooperstown.
Would you step in against a 95 mph fastball without wearing a hard hat? Bruce Markusen looks back at three men who made just that choice in this week’s Confidential.
One of Bruce Markusen’s favorite nicknames is the subject of this week’s entry from the birthplace of baseball. Feel free to let out a Tarzan yell, if you’d like.
Bruce Markusen writes about one of his favorite nicknames in this week’s posting from Cooperstown.
Anniversaries and exhibits have Bruce Markusen thinking about one of his favorite baseball cards in this week’s Cooperstown Confidential.
A new baseball biography is spurring conversation, especially as it climbs the New York Times best-seller list. Bruce Markusen interviews the author.
The Monday of Hall of Fame Weekend is usually a slow day in town because it is also getaway day for the 50-plus Hall of Famers and the two dozen other retired players who have spent several days in the village. That’s usually the case—but not this year. As I drove into town in the […]
The Summer of Rain subsided for most of the day, allowing Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and the family of the late Joe Gordon to fully enjoy their afternoon in the spotlight. Except for a brief smattering of raindrops, the skies remained clear on a day filled with humid warmth in Cooperstown. The announced crowd of […]
I think I’d like to take back my prediction that this year’s induction weekend will draw about 15,000 fans. Downtown Cooperstown was PACKED today, with Main and Pioneer streets featuring wall-to-wall foot traffic. (And hey, it didn’t even rain on what turned out to be a warm, sun-soaked day.) Given the number of people in […]
One of the best and most underrated events of Hall of Fame Weekend took place on Friday. Sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players’ Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame’s youth clinic gave children ages five to 12 a rare opportunity to learn the game from some of its masters. Ten former major league players […]
With heavy humidity, threatening skies, and building crowds on Main and Pioneer streets, Hall of Fame Weekend 2009 made its presence known in Cooperstown on Thursday… One of the surest signs of the arrival of Induction Weekend is the sighting of the Fergie Jenkins Van. I saw Jenkins’ colorfully decorated vehicle, which he uses to […]
There’s little good reason for so few trades
Was Tuesday’s All-Star Game a worthwhile event? And how was the coverage? Bruce Markusen offers an opinion or two in this week’s Cooperstown Confidential.
A seven-year-old fan becomes an adult admirer
During the recent Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown, I talked to former major league outfielder Johnny Grubb, a .278 hitter during a 16-year career with the San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers. Thought he fit the description of a journeyman, Grubb forged a lengthy career as an effective platoon outfielder […]
One of the memorable characters from the 1970s is carving out a second career as a minor league manager.
The village of Cooperstown was treated to a new baseball experience last weekend. Here’s a take on the Hall of Fame Classic from a writer who knows the town.
File this one in the category of “just for fun.” Team Wagner edged Team Collins, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon in the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic, an old-timers game featuring 26 retired major leaguers. The Wagners (named for Hall of Famer Honus Wagner) rallied from a 4-0 deficit, scoring four runs on four singles and […]
Cooperstown won’t be the same once this left hander gets done with it this weekend. We look in-depth at a true baseball eccentric.