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These are the best HOF classes in history

May 13, 2020

The Baseball Writers' Association of America can be a stingy bunch. Though we saw 22 BBWAA-selected Hall of Famers from 2014-20, large classes are still relatively rare when looking at the history of a polling process that dates back to 1936. Quite a few times, the BBWAA members entrusted as

Every first-ballot Hall of Famer in MLB history

May 4, 2020

Among the tens of thousands of players, managers, owners, executives and other personnel that have made their marks on baseball, only a select 329 are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 232 of them players. And among that elite group, 57 players have been granted an even more

2020 HOF induction postponed to July 2021

April 29, 2020

Derek Jeter was among the tens of thousands hanging on Mariano Rivera’s words as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s first unanimous inductee appeared in Cooperstown, N.Y., last July, and as the longtime Yankees teammates shared that moment in the sun, there was every reason to believe that

Always wanted to visit Hall of Fame? Do it ... now

The PASTIME online collection features thousands of artifacts
March 20, 2020

While most fans are stuck in their homes for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean they can’t spend an afternoon buried in endless amounts of baseball history. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, like many other organizations and public places, is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

9 must-see Pirates artifacts at Hall of Fame

March 12, 2020

It’s Bill Mazeroski in 1960. It’s Roberto Clemente in '71. It’s Willie Stargell in '79. No matter when, no matter who, the Pittsburgh Pirates have given baseball some of its most memorable heroes in history. And with their great moments have come great memorabilia. The National Baseball Hall of Fame

9 must-see Milwaukee artifacts at Hall of Fame

March 11, 2020

From the Braves to the Brewers, there’s much to be savored about Major League baseball in Milwaukee. It’s where slugger Hank Aaron began his record-setting career. It’s where Warren Spahn dominated the National League for what seemed like generations. Whether your hero is Robin Yount or Christian Yelich, Milwaukee baseball

9 must-see Royals artifacts on display at Hall

March 5, 2020

The Royals have been in Major League Baseball for more than 50 years. They started in 1969 and gave their fans a lot to cheer about over the years. From 1976 to 1985, the Royals were in the postseason seven times and won a World Series title in ‘85. The

Montgomery honored with Buck O'Neil Award

March 5, 2020

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies honored David Montgomery a couple of years ago when they named their indoor practice facility at Carpenter Complex as the David P. Montgomery Baseball Performance Center. Somebody asked him afterward if he felt that the Phillies honored him because he impacted so many people in

9 must-see Tribe artifacts on display at Hall

March 3, 2020

There is a lot of history when it comes to the Indians. They started in 1901 and had a handful of nicknames. First, they were known as the Blues before changing their name to the Bronchos the following season. By '03, the team was known as the Naps before switching

9 must-see White Sox artifacts at Hall of Fame

March 2, 2020

There is a lot of history when it comes to the White Sox. They started in 1901, went to the postseason nine times and won three World Series titles, the most recent coming in 2005, when they swept the Astros. It was Chicago’s first championship since 1917, when right-hander Eddie

Simmons humbled during Hall of Fame tour

Former backstop reflects: 'I was lucky that I was able to play a long time, didn’t get hurt and did some things'
February 27, 2020

Ted Simmons’ journey to Cooperstown was not without some surprising twists and turns along the way. But on Thursday, Simmons sat in the Hall of Fame’s renowned Plaque Gallery -- amazed and honored -- as he was surrounded by the other members of the national pastime’s most exclusive club. “[Al]

9 must-see Mets artifacts on display at Hall

February 26, 2020

The Mets have given their fans many exciting moments, from the Miracle Mets of 1969 to the team’s second championship in the unforgettable ’86 World Series. The Mets have had their share of superstar performances, from Tom Seaver’s dominance on the mound to the ’80s heroics from Keith Hernandez, Doc

9 must-see Marlins artifacts on display at Hall

February 25, 2020

The Marlins are in their 28th season and counting. Man, did they have some great teams over the years. Who can forget the 1997 Marlins or the 2003 club, both of which went from the Wild Card to World Series champions. The Marlins have also had their share of great

9 must-see Braves artifacts on display at Hall

February 24, 2020

The Braves have been in the Major Leagues since the 1870s, when they were located in Boston. It was in Boston where the phrase, “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” was born in the 1940s, after ace pitchers Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, who won a lot of games

9 must-see Yankees' artifacts on display at Hall

February 20, 2020

The Yankees are an extraordinary team with a rich history. After all, they have won a Major League-leading 27 World Series titles and fans will have no trouble finding that history represented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. That is even more the case now that the

9 must-see Red Sox artifacts on display at Hall

February 20, 2020

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has started a series called Starting Nine that features nine cool artifacts highlighting the team history of all 30 teams. The Red Sox, of course, have a wealth of history from Ted Williams’ hitting exploits to Carlton Fisk’s World Series home run

Mystery unsolved: Lone Jeter no-vote unknown

February 4, 2020

Even with additional ballots being made public, we still don’t know which Hall of Fame voter left off Derek Jeter. The Yankees' longtime captain fell just one vote shy of joining former teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections. • Jeter's Hall call near-unanimous; Walker elected On Tuesday, the

Jeter, Walker forever linked by 'highest honor'

January 22, 2020

NEW YORK -- Different paths. Same destination. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were formally introduced Wednesday as the two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, rounding out the four-man group that also includes Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons.

Walker: 'I have no idea why I wore that shirt'

January 22, 2020

NEW YORK -- Larry Walker is known as a guy who loves to pull pranks and crack jokes. When he was officially introduced with Derek Jeter as the newest members of the Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon, quite a few members of the media were expecting Walker to wear

Wait, what? 10 Hall of Famers not in on 1st ballot

January 22, 2020

Derek Jeter stormed into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Why wouldn't he? The Yankees' Captain is one of the most iconic players in recent baseball history. But not every MLB icon can lay claim to the title of first-ballot Hall of Famer. Since the advent

Final time's the charm: Walker elected to HOF

Rockies great appears on 76% of ballots, jumping 22% from last year
January 22, 2020

DENVER -- Statistics never really captured Larry Walker, especially during the 10 years of his career he spent with the Rockies in a hitter-friendly but difficult-to-measure atmosphere. Ultimately, the numbers simply could not hold him back. In his final year on the ballot, Walker was elected to the Hall of

Schilling falls short of Hall in 8th year on ballot

January 21, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Curt Schilling fell short of Cooperstown again, but he is trending in the right direction. He still has time. Schilling learned Tuesday that he will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, after his name appeared on 70 percent of ballots cast by the Baseball

Wagner's HOF vote trajectory promising

January 21, 2020

NEW YORK -- Among the most intriguing subplots to the 2020 Hall of Fame vote was the ballot total for Billy Wagner, who nearly doubled his support from 16.7 percent in 2019 to 31.7 percent this year. Widely considered one of the best closers in Major League history, Wagner --

1 vote shy: Jeter just misses 100%

January 21, 2020

NEW YORK -- It was a telephone call that all of baseball expected, and still Derek Jeter said that he sensed his nerves spike. Over two decades of big league success, the former Yankees shortstop cemented a reputation for shining when the stakes were at their highest, but this situation

What's next? Top storylines for '21 HOF ballot

January 21, 2020

Tuesday’s Hall of Fame announcement brought the long-awaited and inevitable coronation of Derek Jeter and the dramatic conclusion to Larry Walker’s 10-year ballot saga. But what’s next? With Jeter now headed to the Hall in near-unanimous fashion (99.7 percent) and Walker completing an unprecedented surge up the polls in his