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  1. 1. Through Hell and High Water (and New Jersey) Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream to See Cal Ripken’s Hall of Fame Induction at Cooperstown
  2. 2. <ul><li>7 a.m.: Flight to Cleveland delayed at LAX </li></ul><ul><li>12 p.m.: Too late to connect to Albany </li></ul><ul><li>3 p.m.: Depart LAX for Newark instead </li></ul><ul><li>11 p.m.: Arrive at Newark, drive to Albany </li></ul>TRAVEL PLANS?
  3. 3. On Our Way <ul><li>With our luggage inexplicably stuck in Newark, we arrived in Albany at 5 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>After two hours of sleep, we headed west to a dreary-skied Cooperstown for the ceremony. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 8 miles to No. 8
  6. 6. 75,000 strong (Enough for a rousing ‘O!’ during the National Anthem)
  7. 8. The Guests of Honor AP photo
  8. 11. Around Cooperstown
  9. 12. Doubleday Field
  10. 13. “ Sandlot Kid”
  11. 14. THE MUSEUM
  12. 16. Study for Rockwell’s “Bottom of the Sixth”
  13. 17. Photographic art using figurines, recreating Gibson’s homer and Jackie’s steal of home
  14. 18. An Oriole weekend Handkerchief commemorating 1894 Baltimore Orioles’ NL championship Modern Orioles Hall of Famers’ exhibit
  15. 19. Another Baltimore boy Advertisement for Babe Ruth’s 1934 tour of Japan Babe Ruth’s Yankees locker
  16. 20. 1908 Cubs World Series program
  17. 21. 1919 World Series programs (White Sox, left; Reds, right)
  18. 22. Kid Gleason’s cap and patriotic stockings during 1917 World Series Black Sox exhibit
  19. 25. Ted Williams’ Strike Zone Display (the averages represent what the Splendid Splinter thought his average would be on balls pitched over that part of the plate)
  20. 26. Props from “A League of Their Own” Diamond Dreams exhibit: merchandise marketed toward women
  21. 27. Caps worn by Nolan Ryan in each of his seven no-hitters …
  22. 28. … and baseballs from the first four Ryan no-hitters (four corners) The Hall of Fame collection includes a baseball used in every no-hitter since Bob Feller’s on Opening Day, 1940.
  23. 29. See, Pete Rose really is in the Hall of Fame (well, sorta …)
  24. 30. The greatest card set in the world: 1987 Topps … and a slightly more valuable card: a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, recently sold at $2.35 million
  25. 31. Life and liberty The pursuit of happiness
  26. 32. Shoes and (Bloody) Socks Tom Glavine’s 1995 World Series spikes Curt Schilling’s famous Red Sox
  27. 33. Left: career and active home run leaders (note: this picture was taken six days before Bonds tied the record.)
  28. 34. Above: Career and active wins leaders (note Glavine at 298.) Right: Career and active ERA leaders (Eddie Cicotte, Pedro Martinez)
  29. 35. The Gallery
  30. 38. New Mexico’s only Hall of Famer No. 21’s revised plaque (it used to say Roberto Walker Clemente before it was corrected) Then again … 
  31. 39. First female Hall of Famer
  32. 41. The Holy Grail
  33. 42. Line to see the newly installed 2007 plaques
  34. 45. Been waiting 25 years to take my picture standing next to Ripken’s plaque …
  35. 47. Fin Slide 47 of 47 -- which reminds me, we’ll be back here again for the inevitable Hall of Fame induction of Thomas Michael Glavine. Selah …