Hall of Fame Weekend 2013: Day Two

For the second straight day, picture perfect weather and decent crowds highlighted the proceedings in Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend. On the surface, all looked well. With temperatures again in the 70s, low humidity, and enough of a breeze to make it feel almost like early fall, all should be right in Cooperstown. But […]

Hall of Fame Weekend 2013: Day One

Perfect weather provided an ideal backdrop to the first day of Hall of Fame Weekend. Temperatures in the mid-70s and low humidity greeted the first batch of Hall of Famers who registered throughout the day at the Otesaga Hotel. Among the first to arrive were Ozzie Smith, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, all of whom […]

Hall of Fame Weekend 2013: A preview

I’ve been in Cooperstown since 1995 and have seen a variety of turnouts for Hall of Fame Weekend, including a throng of 50,000 for Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn and the record turnout of 80,000 for the 2007 induction of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn. In stark contrast, this year’s turnout will undoubtedly be […]

Pop culture and the pastime: The Walking Dead and baseball

You’re probably wondering what in the world The Walking Dead has to do with our great game of baseball. I’ll get into that in a moment, but last night’s enthralling season finale tied up more than a few loose ends to one of my favorite programs. Rick’s crew pulled off the upset of the century […]

Remembering Gus Triandos

It’s easy to overlook how fine a player Gus Triandos was during the 1950s. After all, he wasn’t a Hall of Famer, and never received the promotional boost that comes with performing in the postseason. His prime seasons occurred for some non-contending Orioles teams, and that will always prevent him from receiving his full due. […]