Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Hall of Fame 2010

Today, in Cooperstown, NY, Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, and Doug Harvey, will be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame.   Since June 1939, as part of the celebration of Baseball’s Centennial, fans and baseball immortals alike have descended on this sleepy NY hamlet to paid homage to its newly elected members.

The Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BBWAA) has been electing members since 1936 when its inaugural class was announced including Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wager. The 1939 ceremony included the inductees, several posthumously, from 1936-1939 and was led by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

You can see coverage of the ceremony today beginning at 12:30 EST on the MLB Network.


Andre Dawson — Dawson was nicknamed “The Hawk” when he was 9 years old and will go into the Hall wearing the cap of the Montreal Expos. He will be honored in Washington before a game against the Marlins on Aug. 10, at which time his No. 10 is tentatively planned to be retired. The Expos moved to Washington after the 2004 season and were renamed the Nationals.

See “The Hawk” touring Cooperstown

Whitey Herzog — Herzog, nicknamed “the Rat” as a Minor League player, will have his No. 24 retired in St. Louis on July 31 before a game against the Pirates. He’ll go into the Hall wearing a Cardinals cap. “This has been very emotional for me,” Herzog said. “I went to a Cardinal function last night, and Mr. [Bill] DeWitt [the team’s owner] told me that they were going to retire my number on July 31. And it really hit me because I didn’t know that was going to happen. I really think that’s a heck of an honor. I broke down a little bit.”

Doug Harvey — Harvey, who was nicknamed “God” by the late sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, will return to his home in California after reaping the accolades of becoming the ninth umpire to be inducted into the Hall.  Harvey was asked about the expansion of instant replay on Saturday. As an arbiter who called 4,673 National League games in 18 years from 1962-92, he said it wouldn’t be necessary to even have replay if he was still umpiring. Right now, replay is used only to adjudicate home run calls — in or out, fair or foul. “It never bothered me,” Harvey said. “Managers used to come out and complain about calls. They’d say, ‘Well, I’m going to go look at the replay and if you’re wrong I’m coming back.’ And they haven’t come back yet. So I’m better than any replay machine they’ve got or ever will have. I was always confident of doing the job.”

Other awardees — During the 2010 ceremony,  Jon Miller will be awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and Bill Madden will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for journalists.  In addition, musician John Fogarty will receive an award for his baseball song Centerfield.

Check out all the inductees across the years at this link..

2011 Potential Inductee Class

Next year’s potential inductee class has two incumbents who will receive serious consideration–Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar.  Both received over 70% of the 2010 votes falling just below the required 75%.  In addition, the 2011 candidate class will add several newly-eligible candidates including Jeff Bagwell and Rafael Palmiero.  See the full list at this link…

Books on Hall of Fame

Below are two books I highly recommend for additional reading about the Hall of Fame.

Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America’s Greatest Game  — This striking volume takes readers deep into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as never before. Since opening its doors in 1939, the Museum has welcomed more than 14 million wide-eyed baseball fans through its hallowed halls to experience the rich history of America’s Pastime. Now, with more than 500 color and black-and-white original and archival photographs—along with engaging and informative commentary by a celebrated sports raconteur—Bert Sugar’s Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America’s Greatest Game offers a quintessential take-home of the timeless experience of baseball’s spiritual home.

With sequential exhibit photographs complemented by dramatic close-up images of the most fascinating artifacts on display in the Hall—including artifacts used by legends like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and many more—the Hall of Fame experience is captured in this 320-page commemorative work.

National Hall of Fame and Museum 2010 Yearbook —   Commemorate the Class of 2010 with this 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook. This must have keepsake features highlights from the careers of Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey in addition to bios of the other 286 Hall of Famers.  Has articles on the Doubleday Myth, Tom Seaver as well as chapters devoted to each of this year’s inductees.

See link for other books on Baseball’s Hall of Fame…..

See video on the National Baseball Hall of Fame

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