“Baseball Hall of Fame”
What a great day at a great place, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
It was the induction ceremonies honoring so many great players.
DAVID ‘BIG PAPI’ ORTIZ.. became a tremendous talent with the Twins-Red Sox, a great player who has become a greater person with his charitable foundations in Boston and in the Dominican Republic. A tremendous speech about getting to the show and giving back to his communities. The Latin fan turnout in the upstate New York community was amazing. The speech in two languages was superb and pure.
TONY OLIVA…Sprayed comments all across his speech like he sprayed base hits in his Twins career. What great stories about his life and career. He was Tony Gwynn with his swing, before Tony Gwynn
JIM KAAT…25-years of greatness on the mound, stretching thru the Washington Senators, to Minnesota, St. Louis and more. What great stories about being a kid growing up in Michigan, going to Briggs Stadium to the stage in Cooperstown.
GIL HODGES…Never had anyone done so much, waited to so long to finally get the honor. The last of the Boys of Summer to make it there. A big man, a big time player, a phenominal leader. Talent and honesty
MINNIE MINOSO…Did so much, played so long, loved the game so much. From the White Sox to the Indians, maybe the first of the great Cuban personalities and players.
BUCK O’NEILL…Not enough words to desbribe what he meant to the heritage of the Negro Leagues, and the growth of the Negro League Museum. What an ambassador for a different era.
BUD FLOYD..From an era of the 1800s, how about the kid growing up in Cooperstown, getting honored in his hometown.
If you have never been to Cooperstown, you have to walk thru the Gallery of Plaques. Cooperstown is the soul of the game. What a cathedral.