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No new Hall electees in rare outcome

January 26, 2021

For the first time since 1960 -- and just the seventh time since the first election in 1936 -- the National Baseball Hall of Fame will not have a new group of electees in 2021. Yet because the Class of 2020’s induction was pushed back a year by the coronavirus

Hall of Fame Inductions set for Sept. 8

Tickets required to attend outdoor ceremony; available beginning July 12
June 9, 2021

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that its 2021 Induction Ceremony will have limited attendance, allowing fans to travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., and celebrate the game’s greatest players as part of an outdoor event. The ceremony will commence at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 8. Lawn seating for

Schilling asks to be removed from '22 ballot

January 27, 2021

After missing out on election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by 16 votes on Tuesday, former pitcher Curt Schilling announced that he does not intend to have his name on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for 2022 -- which would be his 10th and final year

2020 HOF class will get its moment in 2021

January 26, 2021

The 2021 Hall of Fame voting results were announced on Tuesday, and there were no new players elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA this year. But don't forget -- there's still going to be an induction ceremony in Cooperstown in July. The Hall of Fame Class of

A hat tip to the '21 Hall ballot one-and-dones

January 26, 2021

Eleven new players joined the Hall of Fame ballot for 2021, but only three will remain there for 2022. That would be Mark Buehrle, Torii Hunter, and Tim Hudson, who received 11, 9.5, and 5.2 percent of the vote, respectively, from the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), which revealed

Storylines to watch on '22 Hall of Fame ballot

January 26, 2021

Tuesday brought the end of an unprecedented streak of additions to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but will it be more than a one-year blip? That’s the question following Tuesday’s 2021 Hall of Fame election announcement on MLB Network, which revealed that no player reached the necessary 75% threshold for

Michaels gets '21 Frick for 'first love, baseball'

July 25, 2021

Veteran broadcaster Al Michaels was honored as the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award recipient for broadcasting excellence by the National Baseball Hall of Fame during a presentation broadcast that aired on MLB Network on Sunday. Michaels, 76, is best known as the longtime play-by-play voice for NBC’s Sunday Night Football

Hawk finally receives '20 Ford C. Frick Award

July 25, 2021

CHICAGO -- The plan for Ken "Hawk" Harrelson prior to the Hall of Fame Awards presentation in Cooperstown on July 24 was to make his speech somewhat off the cuff from a general outline when he was recognized as the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence. Harrelson,

Beat legend Kaegel feted in Cooperstown

Longtime Royals, Cardinals scribe receives BBWAA’s 2021 Career Excellence Award
July 25, 2021

On a summer night in 1999, Dick Kaegel strolled into the Otesaga Hotel, where the living legends of the National Baseball Hall of Fame hold their Cooperstown, N.Y., congregation for the Hall’s annual induction ceremonies. The man playing his harmonica for an assembled lobby audience stopped and made an announcement.

The David Montgomery story: Revered by all

Beloved Phillies owner to be posthumously honored with HOF's O'Neill Award
July 23, 2021

There are homegrown stars in baseball, and then there is David Montgomery. And while executives aren’t often described by numbers, here are two that help to place his career in context. Forty-eight years in the game. One employer. Montgomery grew up in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia and began working

 HOF video connects female pros to Sandman

July 20, 2021

The Hall of Fame not only acknowledges the accomplishments of Major League Baseball players, it also pays tribute to the women who played in The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The AAGPBL lasted from 1943-54 and inspired the movie “A League Of Their Own,” which popularized the term, “Dirt in

Connecting Mays' catch to Roberts' steal

July 15, 2021

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is debuting a 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. The series, driven by Camping World, looks at the Hall of Fame’s collection from a

Cards to honor Simmons with statue, retire number

July 15, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- Add another big honor to this summer for Ted Simmons -- a summer of tributes many felt was a long time coming. The Cardinals’ longtime catcher, club Hall of Famer, fan favorite and now St. Louis local will have his No. 23 retired and a statue unveiled

Ohtani's ASG cleats, more headed to HOF

July 14, 2021

DENVER -- Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani hasn’t stopped impressing people all season, and that includes those at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. After starting Tuesday's 2021 All-Star Game on the mound and as the designated hitter in the American League's 5-2 win, Ohtani’s cleats, hand guards and foot guards

Hall of Famers' most random teams

May 15, 2021

Any trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame involves a stop in the plaque room, where you browse the accomplishments of every Hall of Famer. On each plaque, the logo on each player's cap represents the club they are most associated with. Yet the plaques also will list each of

Gehrig's place in Hall means a little bit more

March 4, 2021

Before the plaques and the pictures, before the exhibits and the artifacts, the first feature greeting guests at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is a grouping of statues depicting Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente. Dubbed the “Character and Courage” presentation, the statues

40 future Hall of Famers on MLB rosters in '21

February 10, 2021

The Baseball Writers' Association of America elected no new Hall of Famers for 2021. It seems pretty likely the same might happen in 2022, too. Maybe that says a lot about the flawed process, or the flaws of the men at the top of the ballot. It's probably both. But

Schilling falls short, asks off HOF ballot

Clemens holds steady in 9th year; Manny remains off the pace
January 27, 2021

Curt Schilling, who burnished his reputation as one of the best big-game pitchers in history during his four years with the Red Sox, fell 16 votes shy of reaching the Hall of Fame in the results released on Tuesday night. For the first time since 2013, no candidate received enough

Yanks' HOF run ends with no players elected

January 26, 2021

After successive years that saw Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the eligible voters of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America pitched a shutout with their Class of 2021 on Tuesday, leaving former Yankees like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Gary Sheffield on

Schilling's letter to HOF causes a stir

Former Phillies ace falls 16 votes shy; Rolen gains a lot of ground
January 26, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Curt Schilling fell short again on Tuesday, and he has no interest in returning to the Hall of Fame ballot next year in his 10th and final year of eligibility. The former Phillies ace received more votes than any other player on the 2021 ballot, appearing on 285

HOF results: How Bonds, other Bucs fared

January 26, 2021

After their first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, Aramis Ramirez and A.J. Burnett won’t be back on the ballot next year. Barry Bonds will return for one last try, setting up another year of intense debate.

Andruw, Sheff, Wagner trending up for HOF

January 26, 2021

ATLANTA -- Two years after gaining just enough support to remain on the ballot, Andruw Jones has been given reason to look forward to the possibility of one day being elected to the Hall of Fame. Jones’ optimism grew on Tuesday, when he learned he had received a vote from

Helton has another big jump in HOF support

Former Rockies first baseman appears on 44.9% of ballots
January 26, 2021

DENVER -- Former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton took a major step toward the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Hall of Fame voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not grant any player the necessary 75 percent for election, meaning there will be no BBWAA-elected honoree for

HOF vote: Clemens falls short, Wagner gains

January 26, 2021

HOUSTON – There were no new electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, which means several high profile former Astros will have to wait until 2022 for their next chance to receive the top individual honor in baseball.

Torii short of Hall, but maintains eligibility

Cuddyer, Hawkins fall off ballot in first year
January 26, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three Twins fan favorites entered the Hall of Fame ballot as candidates for the Class of 2021, but only Torii Hunter will progress beyond his first year of eligibility for enshrinement in Cooperstown. Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins fell off the ballot after being unable to reach the