The latest edition of the YouTube Series called Hall of Fame Connections, produced by MLB Network and made possible by a grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism, focuses on how Derek Jeter connects to some of the greats of the game.
The series, driven by Camping World, looks at the Hall of Fame’s collection from a new and exciting angle, with each episode telling a different story of how two seemingly unrelated artifacts in the Museum’s vast collection connect to each other, crossing through generations of baseball history.
Each two-part episode features a narrative storytelling element that weaves through the history of some of the Museum’s most iconic artifacts, as well as the Hall of Fame’s curators conversing about those artifacts and stories with MLB Network personality Carlos Peña -- a former MLB All-Star -- and sports journalist Lindsay Berra -- Yogi’s granddaughter.
The series consists of 13 episodes, all available to stream for free through the Hall of Fame’s YouTube channel. New episodes will be released each Wednesday through September, and will also be featured across MLB Network’s studio programming.
Episode 11, titled "From The Captain To The Streak" is available now.
Whenever a great play is made across the game, the Baseball Hall of Fame makes sure it gets a piece of history. Here is what to expect from the latest episode.
It went from one captain to another, but it felt like it took a lifetime for it to happen. After Lou Gehrig retired in 1939, it took 70 years for someone to break his franchise record for the most hits (2,721) in a Yankees uniform. That person was Jeter, who broke the record on September 11, 2009, against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium with a single to right field off right-hander Chris Tillman. Almost two years later, Jeter added to his career mark when he became the 28th player in MLB history to collect his 3,000th hit, smacking a home run over the left-center-field wall at Yankee Stadium against Rays left-hander David Price. The batting gloves Jeter used that day are on display in Cooperstown.
Boggs made history
Jeter was not the first to collect his 3,000th hit on a home run; that was Wade Boggs, who was Jeter's teammate from 1995-97. Boggs’ home run came as a member of the Rays on Aug. 7, 1999, against Indians left-hander Chris Haney.
Wade, meet Cal
Before Boggs made it to the Major Leagues, his first encounter with Cal Ripken Jr. in the Minors happened on April 18, 1981. They were playing for Triple-A Pawtucket and Rochester, respectively, in the longest game in professional baseball history. On that day, the two teams competed in a 32-inning affair that ended in a 2-2 tie before continuing on June 23. It took one inning on that second day for the game to reach its conclusion, after Marty Barrett scored on a single by Dave Koza. Boggs went 4-for-12, while Ripken went 2-for-13.
Ripken and Boggs -- Major League style
Not too long after being in that record-setting Minor League game, Ripken and Boggs found themselves in the Majors. Together, they would form the left side of the infield on the American League All-Star team for 11 consecutive years. They each collected 3,000 career hits as well. But Ripken also has an accomplishment that is all to himself, and that’s breaking Gehrig's consecutive-games-played streak (2,130) on Sept. 6, 1995, against the Angels. The helmet Ripken wore for that record-breaking game is now in the Hall of Fame.
Gehrig never forgotten
Before Gehrig ended his streak -- 56 years prior to Ripken breaking the record -- he was awarded a trophy by The Sporting News in 1933, when he broke Everett Scott’s record, which was at 1,307 consecutive games. Gehrig's wife, Eleanor, would give the trophy to the Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in ’39. Two years after his last game, Gehrig would pass away due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).