The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Thursday, 01 August 2013

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

Deep in the hearth of New York State, there's a town that is located in the middle of nowhere. This town, known as Cooperstown, qualifies for the words charming, quaint, and historic, and is home to the Hall of Fame of Baseball. The Hall was constructed in 1936, in what is assumed to be the inventing ground of baseball by Abner Doubleday. Inventions are always a matter of disagreements, and this one in no exception.

Welcome to CooperstownThe town has managed to stay the same since its early days. There is still pretty much one signal on the Main Street and nothing more. Restaurants and hotels are there naturally. But even these are scattered along the Lake Otsego, and not clustered at busy interactions and strip malls. The Hall of Fame itself is quite moderate in size. However, it is packed with photos, artifacts, and plaques. Not many interactive exhibits exist here. You won't find an amusement park or a petting zoo in this place. This town personifies the feel of baseball; there is no rush, only reverence and joy for this great game.

Rafael PalmeiroAt the heart of the Hall is the gallery of plaques, which line a long hallway with plaques of players who have made it into the Hallowed Hall. The visitors in this Hall are not restricted from touching the plaques, and they often do that. You can easily catch the faces of greats shining due to the admiring hands touching them every day. You can find players that have the numbers which prove they are meant to be in the Hall. Then there are others who inspire more from fans than appreciation; they are outright adored.

The Hall of Fame 2013

The Writers' Association has spoken, and this time not a single Hall of Fame candidate is getting inducted for 2013. But an underlying fact is that some of the players are not likely to ever get inducted now.

Sammy SosaWhether some player simply didn't have the numbers to get into the Hall, or whether he or she has been involved in the scandal of performance enhancement drugs, some of the players will never make the cut. They can stay at the ballots for the allowed fifteen years if they manage to get 5% votes every year, but they will most likely never get 75% of votes that is required for inductees into the Hall.

This year also came with the probability that some fringe players who weren't involved in the steroids scandal may get inducted into the Hall of Fame. This, too, didn't happen. The coming years might see writers neglect some players, as they are allotted a total of 10 votes only. For instance, Jack Morris has only one more year remaining for eligibility, but the 2014 ballot will see more interesting names like Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine for example, which is likely to cut his chances of getting into the Hall. Some players who missed out on this year's ballot are Tim Raines, Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly, Sammy Sosa, Lee Smith, Alan Trammel, and Rafael Palmeiro, among others.





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