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					NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, INC.

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Brad Horn, Senior Director, Communications & Education Craig Muder, Communications Director Samantha Carr, Media Relations Coordinator

PRESERVING HISTORY. HONORING EXCELLENCE. CONNECTING GENERATIONS.

AROUND THE HORN
World Series Edition
News & Notes from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Oct. 23, 2008 volume 15, issue 11

LEGENDS OF THE F ALL
TEN FINALISTS FOR FORD C. FRICK AWARD ANNOUNCED: The 10 finalists for the 2009 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, were announced Oct. 6…The final ballot includes three fan selections produced during a record-total 145,138 votes recorded throughout September exclusively at baseballhall.org…For the second consecutive year, Joe Nuxhall paced all broadcasters in the fan-voting, totaling 19,547 votes. Jacques Doucet (10,282) and Tom Cheek (8,992) also earned spots on the final ballot, joining seven broadcasters selected by a Hall of Fame research committee: Billy Berroa, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Lanny Frattare, Tony Kubek, Graham McNamee and Dave Van Horne…The winner of the 2009 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 9 at Baseball’s Winter Meetings…Voting will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 15 living Frick Award recipients and five broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, Denny Matthews, 2008 Frick Award winner Dave Niehaus, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, and historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of NY Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian) and Curt Smith (historian). HALL OF FAME TO CELEBRATE CHARACTER AND COURAGE: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate the timeless values of Character and Courage on Saturday, Nov. 1 through its first Character and Courage Weekend, featuring the historic unveiling of a new statue in the Museum’s lobby…The statue depicts Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson as symbols of character and courage, reflecting the achievements of the three Hall of Famers as beacons of those characteristics…Made possible through a magnanimous gift by Museum supporter Bob Crotty, the statue will be a permanent addition to the Museum’s lobby…Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, along with the families of Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, will dedicate the statue at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1, along with Hall of Fame officials…Among those expected to attend to represent the families: Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow; Vera Clemente, Roberto’s widow; Luis and Roberto Jr., the sons of Clemente; along with author Jonathan Eig, whose landmark books on Gehrig and Robinson captured the selfless spirit of the two players….The Character and Courage statue was created by world-famous sculptor Stanley Bleifeld, who has previously designed Hall of Fame tributes to Women in Baseball, Satchel Paige and Roy Campanella and Johnny Podres of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. MEMORIES OF FALL CLASSIC LIVE IN COOPERSTOWN: The Hall of Fame not only celebrates baseball’s past but also honors its present…Soon after the completion of the 2008 World Series, the display honoring the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox will be replaced with artifacts and the story of the 2008 winner of the Fall Classic…All 30 Major League teams are represented in the Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game display, which currently features a 2006 jersey from Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard and a 2007 jersey from Philadelphia’s Chase Utley in the Phillies’ locker…The Rays’ locker currently displays Wade Boggs’ game-worn cap from Aug 7, 1999, when the Hall of Famer recorded his 3,000th career hit, and a baseball from the Tampa Bay’s first game on March 31, 1998, signed by the starting lineup and manager Larry Rothschild…Each of the last 11 Hall of Fame classes have included at least one player who played for a World Series winner.

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WATCH HISTORY HAPPEN AT THE HALL: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 12th-annual World Series Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Cooperstown…This family event will feature a live broadcast of Game 3 of the 104 th World Series in Philadelphia…The fun-filled evening will feature refreshments, trivia, raffles, prizes and more as fans watch the game from the Hall of Fame on big screens in either the Grandstand Theater or the Plaque Gallery. A ticket is required for this event and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available by calling the Membership department at 607-547-0397. ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE HALL: On Sept. 16, the 10 finalists for the post-1942 Veterans Committee ballot were announced…The 10 finalists are: Dick Allen, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Vada Pinson, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant, Joe Torre and Maury Wills…The 10 finalists will be considered for election by the Veterans Committee on Dec. 8 at baseball’s Winter Meetings…The Veterans Committee for the post-1942 ballot, which features player who began their career after 1942, consists of all 64 living Hall of Famers…Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected, and electees will be enshrined on Sunday, July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown…The final ballot was determined after the Historical Overview Committee of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, comprised of 11 veteran baseball writers and historians, selected 20 finalists from all eligible players whose careers spanned at least 10 major league seasons and started after 1942…Concurrently, a screening committee comprised of six Hall of Famers selected five names for the ballot, and the two lists were merged for a total of 21 candidates…The 64 living Hall of Famers served as their own screening committee and then narrowed the ballot to 10 finalists…The 21 candidates considered by the screening committee were: Allen, Ken Boyer, Bert Campaneris, Rocky Colavito, Mike Cuellar, Steve Garvey, Hodges, Kaat, Ted Kluszewski, Mickey Lolich, Roger Maris, Lee May, Minnie Minoso, Thurman Munson, Oliva, Oliver, Pinson, Santo, Tiant, Torre and Wills. MORE VETERANS: On Aug. 25, the Historical Overview Committee of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the final ballot for the pre-1943 players that will be considered by the Veterans Committee for the Class of 2009 at the Baseball Hall of Fame…The Historical Overview Committee selected the 10 finalists from a list of all eligible players, those whose careers spanned at least 10 major league seasons and started in 1942 or earlier…The 10 finalists will be considered for election to the Hall of Fame by a 12-member voting committee, comprised of Hall of Famers, historians and media members…Any candidate receiving 75% of the vote from the 12-member committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted as part of the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held Sunday, July 26, in Cooperstown…Results of the election will be announced Dec. 8 at baseball’s Winter Meetings…The 10 finalists are: Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Joe Gordon, Sherry Magee, Carl Mays, Allie Reynolds, Vern Stephens, Mickey Vernon, Bucky Walters and Deacon White. WRITTEN HISTORY: Nick Peters, Dave Van Dyck and Bob Elliott have been named the finalists for the 2009 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for excellence in baseball writing…The final vote by the members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will take place in the fall, with the 2009 Spink Award winner to be announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings Dec. 8-11…Peters is retired from the Sacramento Bee, Van Dyck writes for the Chicago Tribune and Elliott writes for the Toronto Sun…The late Larry Whiteside won the 2008 Spink Award. FALL CLASSIC GEMS IN COOPERSTOWN: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum collections contain many artifacts documenting the entire history of World Series and postseason play...The first and last pitched baseballs from the original modern day World Series in 1903; Don Larsen’s cap and Yogi Berra’s mitt from Larsen’s ’56 gem; Bill Mazeroski’s (1960) and Joe Carter’s (1993) bats from their Series-ending blasts…The gloves worn by Al Gionfriddo (1947), Willie Mays (1954) and Brooks Robinson (1970)…Babe Ruth’s bat from one of his two 3-HR games (1928) and the radio given to the 1940 Reds as the World Series share for winning… From the 2000 Subway Series: Derek Jeter’s helmet, Luis Sojo’s game-winning hit bat, Don Zimmer’s jersey and Mike Piazza’s batting helmet…The Temple Cup, presented to the top two NL teams from 1894-97, is in Cooperstown, as is the Hall Championship Cup, presented to the 1888 World Champion New York Baseball Club…Warm-up shirt worn by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen throughout the 2005 series…From 2004, the spikes and ‘The Sock’ worn by Curt Schilling during Game Two of the Series; the jersey worn by David Ortiz during home playoff games; and the bats used in Game 4 of the Series by MVP Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon…From 2003, the jersey worn by Florida’s Josh Beckett to capture MVP honors. ERNIE BANKS IS NOT ALONE: Of the 46 Hall of Fame major league players who did not appear in a World Series, 22 played prior to the first Fall Classic in 1903…The other 24 played at least five years after 1902...The unlucky 24 by position: C: Rick Ferrell...1B: Jake Beckley & George Sisler...2B: Rod Carew, Nap Lajoie, Ryne Sandberg...SS: Luke Appling, Ernie Banks, Bobby Wallace...3B: George Kell...LF: Joe Kelley, Ralph Kiner, Billy Williams...CF: none...RF: Elmer Flick, Harry Heilmann, Willie Keeler...Pitchers: Jim Bunning, Jack Chesbro, Ferguson Jenkins, Addie Joss, Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry and Rube Waddell. LEADERS OF THE PACK: Among the 108 Hall of Fame position players with World Series experience, the career leaders in batting and service categories...Yogi Berra: years (14), games (75), at-bats (259), hits (71), singles (49) and doubles (10, tied with Frankie Frisch); Joe DiMaggio: most Series playing in all games (10); Mickey Mantle: HR (18), RBI (40), extra base hits (26), walks (43), total bases (123) and runs (42); Reggie Jackson: slugging (.755); Tris Speaker: triples (4 – tied); Lou Brock: steals (14, tied with Eddie Collins)…Also, 2004 inductee Paul Molitor (.418) shares the career batting average record with Pepper Martin.

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FORD TOUGH: Among the 45 Hall of Famers to pitch in the World Series, “The Chairman of the Board,” Whitey Ford, leads in virtually every career category including games (22), innings, (146), wins (10), strikeouts (94), years (11) and consecutive scoreless innings (33)…Christy Mathewson leads in CG (10), SHO (4) and consecutive scoreless innings in one series (27.0). DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Did you know that the all-time leader in World Series games played at five positions are Hall of Fame members?…Whitey Ford (P); Yogi Berra (C); Frankie Frisch (2B); Phil Rizzuto (SS) and Mickey Mantle (OF). HOME OF HALL OF FAMERS: Philadelphia and Tampa are both home to Hall of Famers…Three Hall of Famers were born in the City of Brotherly Love: Roy Campanella (Nov. 19, 1921), Effa Manley (March 27, 1897) and Joe McCarthy (April 21, 1887)…Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez was born in Tampa on Aug. 20, 1908. RICKEY DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER: The 2009 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame vote will be announced Jan. 12…First-time eligibles include career stolen base and runs king Rickey Henderson, all-time games pitched leader Jesse Orosco and five-time All-Star Matt Williams…Holdover candidates include Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven and Jim Rice, who finished just 16 votes short of election in 2008 and will appear on the BBWAA ballot for the final time in 2009…The BBWAA ballot will be announced after Thanksgiving. BOOK NOW FOR FUTURE WEEKENDS: Future Hall of Fame Weekends will be held over the last weekend in July in upcoming years… In 2009, Induction Weekend will be July 24-27, with the ceremony on Sunday, July 26…In 2010, the ceremony will occur on July 25 during the Weekend, which runs July 23-26. COME ONE, COME ALL: An estimated 14,000 fans attended the July 27 Induction Ceremony, which featured the enshrinement of Goose Gossage, Dick Williams, Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn, Walter O’Malley and Billy Southworth…The average estimated crowd size is 15,000…The top five estimated crowds for Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies: 75,000 (2007); 50,000 (1999); 40,000 (1995); 27,000 (2001 and 2005); and 25,000 (2000).

MUSEUM UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, Oct. 25: World Series Gala: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the 12th-annual World Series Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. This family event will feature a live broadcast of Game 3 of the 104 th World Series, featuring the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies against the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. The fun-filled evening will feature refreshments, trivia, raffles, prizes and more as fans watch the game from the Hall of Fame on big screens in either the Grandstand Theater or the Plaque Gallery. A ticket is required for this event and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Members may reserve tickets immediately, and any remaining tickets will be available to non-members on Oct. 20 by calling the Membership department at 607-547-0397. FRIDAY, Oct. 31: Halloween Celebration: The ghosts of baseball’s past live at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, and children will have a chance to share that history on Halloween with a trick or treat adventure. Children in costume and their adult parents/guardians will be admitted free to the Hall of Fame from 3-5 p.m. on Halloween. Guests will be led on a trick or treat trip through the Museum. FRIDAY, Oct. 24 AND FRIDAY, Nov. 14: Extra Innings Overnight: The Hall of Fame will host its Extra Innings Overnight program Oct. and 24 and Nov. 14, giving kids nine-and-over the chance to spend an unforgettable night in the Museum. Children have the opportunity to sleep in the Plaque Gallery after a fun-filled evening at the Hall of Fame. Guests can explore the Museum after hours, watch a movie or baseball game in the Bullpen Theater, have an evening snack and morning breakfast and receive a Hall of Fame back sack filled with mementos. Cost is $49.95 for juniors, $39.95 for adults. Oct. 24 is for Members and their families only, while Nov. 14 is for youth groups. The Hall of Fame will also host more Extra Innings Overnight programs in 2009. For more information, call 607-547-0312. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, Nov. 6-7: VIP Experience: Fans will have the opportunity to explore behind the scenes at the Baseball Hall of Fame through the VIP Experience, a program designed to give visitors an extraordinary trip to the Museum on select dates from November 2008 through April 2009, starting with Nov. 6-7. The Museum has partnered with Cooperstown accommodations on 12 select dates. The VIP Experience will begin with exclusive after-hours access to the Hall of Fame on Thursday evening and wrap up on Friday afternoon with a private reception. The Hall of Fame VIP Experience includes: a Hall of Fame sustaining membership ($100 value), a Library archive tour, a Museum collections artifact presentation and a private late-afternoon reception with light refreshments. Available for purchase through select Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce accommodations, the Hall of Fame VIP Experience makes a perfect get-away or a great gift for someone special. Space is limited for this exclusive program. Accommodations include: The Cooper Inn, The Inn at Cooperstown, The Phinney House, The Rose and Thistle Bed and Breakfast and The White House Inn. The program should be booked through the local merchant. VIP Experience programs will also be held Nov. 13-14, Dec. 4-5, Jan. 8-9 and Jan. 22-23. For more information, please call the Museum’s Membership Department at 607-547-0397.

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HALL OF FAME BALLOTING NEWS
NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE: Results of the 2009 BBWAA election will be announced at 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2009… A partial list of eligible first-time players who are eligible for upcoming Hall of Fame elections includes: 2009: David Cone, Mark Grace, Rickey Henderson, Jesse Orosco, Mo Vaughn, Matt Williams; 2010: Roberto Alomar, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Robin Ventura; 2011: Jeff Bagwell, Kevin Brown, John Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Al Leiter, Tino Martinez, Rafael Palmeiro, Larry Walker, Dan Wilson; 2012: David Bell, Vinny Castilla, Dustin Hermanson, Jose Hernandez, Terry Mulholland, Brad Radke, Bernie Williams; 2013: Sandy Alomar Jr., Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Julio Franco, Kenny Lofton, Jose Mesa, Mike Piazza, David Wells, Bob Wickman…Note that a player must be inactive for five years to appear on the ballot…For complete details, visit www.baseballhall.org. CAREFUL SELECTION: 2008 marked the 65th Hall of Fame election held by the BBWAA…Of the 74 election years starting in 1936, on 56 occasions the membership has elected someone; on seven occasions it has not elected anyone (1945, 1946, 1950, 1958, 1960, 1971, 1996); and on nine occasions, no election was held (1940, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965). HISTORY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Comprehensive voting data from past BBWAA elections is available exclusively at www.baseballhall.org...Visitors can sort election results by player, year and by votes received…This compilation marks the first definitive database of Hall of Fame election data, allowing the user to view year-by-year vote totals for an individual or view cumulative election results of each year since 1936. THE GAME’S ELITE: The Hall of Fame is comprised of 286 elected members…Included are 199 former major league players, 26 executives, 35 Negro leaguers, 18 managers and eight umpires…The BBWAA has elected 106 candidates to the Hall while the Veterans Committee (in all of its forms) has chosen 154 deserving candidates (93 major leaguers, 26 executives, 18 managers, nine Negro leaguers and eight umpires)…The defunct “Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues” selected nine men between 1971-77 and the Special Committee on Negro Leagues in 2006, elected 17 Negro leaguers…There are currently 64 living members…Note: This includes the 2008 inductees. BETWEEN THE LINES: Including Negro league players, the following is a breakdown by position of the 227 Hall of Famers who earned their election on the playing field…Also included is the last major leaguer to be elected at each position. Pitchers ........................ 71 Second Baseman ......... 18 Left Fielders ................ 19 Catchers....................... 16 Third Baseman ........... 13 Center Fielders ........... 23 First Baseman ............. 21 Shortstops ................... 23 Right Fielders.............. 23 Designated Hitter.......... 1 DH: Molitor (2004) PITCHER: Gossage (2008) SECOND BASE: Sandberg (2005) LEFT FIELD: Yastrzemski (1989) CATCHER: Carter (2003) THIRD BASE: Boggs (2005) CENTER FIELD: Puckett (2001) FIRST BASE: Murray (2003) SHORTSTOP: Ripken Jr. (2007) RIGHT FIELD: Gwynn (2007) CAPPING THE ISSUE: The choice of which team logo appears on a player’s plaque is the Museum's decision, though the wishes of an inductee are always considered…As a history museum, it is important that the logo be emblematic of the historical accomplishments of that player's career…A player's election to the Hall of Fame is a career achievement, and as such, every team for whom he played is listed on the plaque; however, the logo selection is based on where that player makes his most indelible mark…For example, it would not be appropriate from an historical standpoint if Babe Ruth's cap had a Red Sox logo, if Ty Cobb's cap had a Philly A's logo, or if Hank Greenberg's had a Pirates logo…However, when instances come up where a player's career achievements were fairly evenly divided, as was the case with both Dave Winfield and Carlton Fisk, we give the player more ownership in the decision, though the Museum retains the final one.

2008 BALLOTING REC AP
AND THE WINNER IS: The BBWAA 2008 ballot featured 25 candidates, including 14 newcomers and 11 returning candidates…The only electee was pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage, who received 85.8% of the votes in his ninth year on the ballot…Of the first-timers, only Tim Raines (24.3%) will return for the 2009 election…In total, 10 players received votes on less than five percent of ballots cast, and are therefore no longer eligible for consideration by the BBWAA…Dave Concepcion made his 15th and final appearance on the writers ballot and will be eligible for Veterans Committee consideration in 2010…13 candidates will return for consideration in 2008…There were 543 ballots cast, with 408 votes necessary for election and 28 votes necessary to remain on the ballot…The final results, in order of percentage received:

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.ORG YR 9 14 7 11 6 9 14 1 2 7 15 % 85.8% 72.2% 65.9% 61.9% 43.3% 42.9% 29.1% 24.3% 23.6% 18.2% 16.2% NAME Don Mattingly Dave Parker Dale Murphy Harold Baines Rod Beck Travis Fryman Robb Nen Shawon Dunston Chuck Finley David Justice Chuck Knoblauch YR 8 12 10 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 % 15.8% 15.1% 13.8% 5.2% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%

AROUND THE HORN, PAGE 5 NAME Todd Stottlemyre Brady Anderson Jose Rijo YR 1 1 1 % 0.2% 0% 0%

NAME Goose Gossage Jim Rice Andre Dawson Bert Blyleven Lee Smith Jack Morris Tommy John Tim Raines Mark McGwire Alan Trammell Dave Concepcion

Elected to Hall of Fame (Bold) Will not return to ballot in 2009 (Italics)

NEAR PERFECTION: While Goose Gossage did not crack the list of top vote-getters, last year’s inductees, Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, received near-perfect vote percentages…Here’s a look at the most voted for electees in Hall of Fame history. YEAR PLAYER BALLOTS CAST VOTES RECEIVED % RECEIVED OMITTED BALLOTS 1992 ................... Tom Seaver ...................... 430.................................... 425 .............................. 98.84%..................................5 1999 ................... Nolan Ryan....................... 497.................................... 491 .............................. 98.79%..................................6 2007 ................... Cal Ripken Jr.................... 545.................................... 537 .............................. 98.53%..................................8 1936 ................... Ty Cobb............................ 226.................................... 222 .............................. 98.23%..................................4 1999 ................... George Brett ..................... 497.................................... 488 .............................. 98.19%..................................9 1982 ................... Hank Aaron ...................... 415.................................... 406 .............................. 97.83%..................................9 2007 ................... Tony Gwynn..................... 545.................................... 532 .............................. 97.60%................................13 ONE-TEAM WONDERS: There are 46 Hall of Famers who spent their entire career with one team…2007 inductees Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn are the most recent additions to that list…The others: Luke Appling, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, George Brett, Roy Campanella, Roberto Clemente, Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Don Drysdale, Red Faber, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Lou Gehrig, Charlie Gehringer, Bob Gibson, Carl Hubbell, Travis Jackson, Walter Johnson, Al Kaline, Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Ted Lyons, Mickey Mantle, Bill Mazeroski, Bid McPhee, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Jim Palmer, Kirby Puckett, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Brooks Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Willie Stargell, Pie Traynor, Bill Terry, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount and Ross Youngs.

ON THE HOME FRONT – MUSEUM NEWS
COLLECTING HISTORY: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has collected a number of treasures from the 2008 major league season…Among those artifacts already in Cooperstown: a ticket from the final New York Mets opening day at Shea Stadium on April 8…A ticket from the no-hitter thrown by Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox on May 19…Manny Ramirez’s batting helmet from his 500th home run…A fishing hat from longstanding Chicago Cubs equipment manager, Yosh Kuwano…The batting helmet of Ken Griffey Jr. worn during his 600th home run for the Reds…Mariano Rivera’s All-Star Game jersey…The bat of the Indians’ Kelly Shoppach, who tied a Major League record with five extra-base hits on July 31, a feat accomplished just one other time in American League history (Lou Boudreau, July 14, 1946)…Jersey worn by the Braves’ John Smoltz when he recorded his 3,000th career strikeout…A game ball from Francisco Rodriguez’s record 58th save on Sept. 13…A jersey worn by Team USA manager Davey Johnson during the 2008 Olympics…A cap worn by Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth on Sept. 11 featuring stars and stripes logo coloring…Batting helmet from Ichiro Suzuki worn when he recorded his 200th hit of the season, tying Willie Keeler’s record of eight straight seasons with 200 hits…Spikes from Derek Jeter from the game where the Yankees captain passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankee Stadium hits list…Spikes from Yankees catcher Jose Molina and a bat used by Johnny Damon from the last game at Yankee Stadium, along with a bat used by Jeter on the final homestand…Game-worn cap and spikes from Mike Mussina when the Yankees pitcher won his 20th game of the season…Game-worn cap by the Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain…Jersey from Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who led the majors in strikeouts in 2008…A game-worn shirt and cap from umpire Brian Gorman, who worked the final game at Shea Stadium…Bats from the final month of the season from Marlins infielders Jorge Cantu, Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, who became the first infield in history to feature four members with 25-or-more home runs each…A jersey from Indians’ pitcher Cliff Lee, who tied for the big league lead in victories this year…History happens every day in baseball, and the game’s memories are preserved only in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame.

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TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Educators and students from around the United States focused on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Electronic Field Trip on the 100th anniversary of the song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” on Oct. 21 as a backdrop to studying the relationship between baseball and music…Partnering with Ball State University for the eighth straight year and made possible through the generosity of the AT&T Foundation, the Hall of Fame produced two live one-hour broadcasts from Brooklyn’s KeySpan Park…Students from P.S. 24, the Spuyten Duyvil School in the Bronx, were on-camera presenters during the broadcast….“Baseball’s Greatest Hit: 100 Years of Musical History” was designed for students in grades 3-8 and offeredtandardsbased curriculum in language arts, music, history, and technology….The broadcast was distributed to nearly seven million students in 41 states across the country. 12-YEAR-OLD CHOSEN TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE: Eleven-year-old Oscar Youngquist of Racine, Wis., has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the Step Up to the Plate @ your library® program…Step Up to the Plate was developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum…Youngquist will travel to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame’s World Series Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25, for Game Three of the Fall Classic…He also will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum…Step up to the Plate @ your library® encourages fans to test their knowledge of baseball trivia while improving their literacy skills while using their library and its resources to look up the answers…Through answering the questions, people can improve their literacy skills, which today include not only reading but also how to find, use and evaluate sources of information in various formats. CLIP JOINT: The Hall of Fame welcomed Don and Joyce Sonnanstine, parents of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine, to Cooperstown on Wednesday, Oct. 15…The Sonnanstines came to the Hall of Fame following their son’s win against the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Boston…They donated newspaper clippings of their son’s exploits to the Hall of Fame’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center, which houses files on each of the more than 17,000 players who have played Major League Baseball…The Sonnanstines live in Wadsworth, Ohio. VIDEO GAME: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is using cutting-edge technology to educate fans about its mission to Preserve History, Honor Excellence and Connect Generations, and on Oct. 23 and 24, the Hall of Fame will share that knowledge with museums from around America…The Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the New York State Historical Association, is hosting Connections 08, the First Videoconference Content Provider Symposium…Twenty-three museums interested in videoconferences will be on site in Cooperstown to hear 12 presenters talk about ways they can spread their message to millions of students via educational technology…The Symposium will be held at the Hall of Fame on Oct. 23, then the site will shift to Cooperstown’s historic Fenimore Art Museum Oct. 24. Museum representatives scheduled to attend the Symposium will come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame…For more information, please visit http://education.baseballhalloffame.org/connections08. HALL IN THE FALL: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during offseason hours from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend…The Hall of Fame is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. -30-


				
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