Where Time Stands Still for Baseball

For one weekend per year, time stands still.

This is that weekend.

For most of the year, the Norman Rockwell-esque town of Cooperstown, New York sits in hibernation, preparing to explode for its summer weekend in the national spotlight. Over the past three days - and culminating today - close to 50,000 baseball fans have descended on the quaint town to chat, tweet and post about this year’s honored few, who will be immortalized forever in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans have traveled from all corners of America.  They’ve hunted for autographs and have their pictures taken during this yearly baseball reunion. In fact, 53 of the 73 living Hall of Famers are
Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, NY
scheduled to be here this weekend, making for quite a homecoming.

Saturday included the Hall of Fame awards presentation at Doubleday Field. Among the day’s recipients will be longtime Oakland A’s broadcaster Bill King, who was honored with the Ford C. Frick award for excellence in broadcasting. Rachel Robinson, the wife of Jackie, received the Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement award. Claire Smith was bestowed the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

The highlight of the weekend will come today, with the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions.  The Baseball Writers Association of America has elected Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez as this year’s crop of immortals. (Note the throngs of fans decked out in Astros, Expos and Rangers team gear.) Rounding out the inductions will be Today’s Game Era inductees John Schuerholz and Bud Selig. And yes, I’m sure Mr. Selig is prepared for the boos, which are undoubtedly coming his way.

While baseball may not have been conceived in cozy Cooperstown, New York, as legend asserts, the game has undoubtedly found it’s magical home.

The place where time stands still one weekend per year.

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