Over the July 25-36 weekend I was in Cooperstown, New York for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. The event was over two days, with dignitaries from the world of baseball taking part.
No other professional sport takes as much time or pays as much respect to its history as Baseball. Although not a part of the Major League Baseball organization (it is owned by the Clark Family Trust), this museum is dedicated the the Big Leagues, with special ares for the All-Americal Girls Professional Baseball League, the integration of baseball and the Hispanic players who have helped make the game what it is today.
Watting the video you’ll see Hall of Famers Cal Ripkin, Jr., Eddie Murray, Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Robin Yount, Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Managers Joe Torre and Tommy Lasorda, and many more.
Play-by-play announcer, Dick Enberg of the San Diego Padres received the Ford C. Frick Award for his outstanding career in sports broadcasting and gave a very stirring speech, part of which is included in the video..
The Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus was also in attendance, as well as the great play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, Gary Thorne, who introduced the Hall of Famers.
Fans got to see over 50 legendary baseball players over the weekend, including the Class of 2015: John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio and Randy Johnson.
Enjoy the video.
(Photos by Claudia Gestro)
Claudia is of Peruvian and Italian descent, having been born in a small town, in the North of Peru, South America. She was raised by her grandmother from an early age, living in poverty until Claudia’s mother brought her to America. She landed in Miami, FL and started her new life, playing high school basketball and eventually becoming a United States citizen. Claudia completed her education at Florida International University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and became a model to supplement her income. Since graduating from FIU Claudia has worked with many of the Spanish Language broadcasting companies, including Telemundo, Univision and most recently Spanish Language channels on SiriusXM satellite radio and PasTV Deportes in Venezuela.She encourages you to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Her content appears here under a shared content agreement with her Spanish television clients.