Hall of Fame Weekend: Live From Cooperstown on Monday

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 […]

Hall of Fame Weekend Update: Live From Cooperstown on Sunday

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 […]

Hall of Fame Weekend Update: Live From Cooperstown on Saturday

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 […]

Hall of Fame Weekend Update: Live From Cooperstown on Friday

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 […]

Hall of Fame Weekend: Live From Cooperstown

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 […]

A Conversation With Johnny Grubb

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 […]