In 1999, I was teaching advanced dialectical history at a small northeastern liberal arts college whose name I will not mention here. The season of that year that stands out the most in my own memory is Autumn. The Autumn of 1999. I remember, that Autumn, getting home from the last class of the day, putting on the…
As in past years, the excellent folks behind the Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker are taking note of every available Hall of Fame ballot—both publicly revealed and privately shared with the site—in an attempt to forecast who will make the cut when the official vote totals are announced tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST.
In his (paywalled) column today, ESPN's Buster Olney declares that he will not cast a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, nor any year going forward until the voting process's glaring flaws are fixed.
A reader who was in Cooperstown, New York, during this year's baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony sends along this video of Bob Costas takin' some cuts in the local batting cage.
Tony La Russa is one of six men who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Now that he's got his ticket punched, he thinks all the heavy hitters from the steroid era should be let in—but with an asterisk.
John Rocker, former Atlanta Braves pitcher and anthropomorphic T-Bone steak, is in Cooperstown this weekend and he's got himself a table set up where he's hawking wares like a white T-shirt with "Speak English" written in "you know, that lettering from the Dropkick Murphys," and maybe a book that someone wrote for…
We'll take any allies in the war on the war on PEDs, even if that ally is the most self-satisfied broadcaster on television, a man who makes Bob Costas look like Woody Allen. Listen to Bryant Gumbel here. He speaks truth.
As has been the case in recent years, the BBWAA gave its members the option to have their Hall of Fame votes made public. Here they are—136 of the 571 ballots.
The 2014 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced next Wednesday. As of today, 101 sportswriters (of the 600-something eligible) have publicly shared their votes. Projecting from those ballots, four players will make it to Cooperstown, and a fifth will fall just short.
I clicked open the post and prepared to cast my vote for who makes it onto our Hall of Fame ballot. I figured, there are about 10 no-doubters, 20 no-chance-in-hellers, and a handful of tough calls. I could knock this out in a minute. I scrolled down to see who I'd be voting on, and I halted at the poll for, of all…
Yesterday, the Baseball Hall of Fame enshrined its three newest members: a catcher, and umpire, and an owner who have been dead for a combined 226 years. The BBWAA's thank-you note from the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will not be forthcoming.
A grand total of zero perfectly excellent baseball players have been deemed worthy of joining luminaries like Tom Yawkey, Ty Cobb, and Kenesaw Mountain Landis in Cooperstown.
To honor the late Ron Santo on the day of his induction into the Hall of Fame, the Cubs took the field with the same heel click Santo became known for following a walk-off win in in the summer of 1969.
This rare photo of Nap Lajoie is expected to fetch $15,000 at auction, and it's stolen from the Hall of Fame. Finding that out is as easy as looking on the back.