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  • 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.
    • 7 a.m.: Flight to Cleveland delayed at LAX
    • 12 p.m.: Too late to connect to Albany
    • 3 p.m.: Depart LAX for Newark instead
    • 11 p.m.: Arrive at Newark, drive to Albany
    TRAVEL PLANS?
  • 3. On Our Way
    • With our luggage inexplicably stuck in Newark, we arrived in Albany at 5 a.m.
    • After two hours of sleep, we headed west to a dreary-skied Cooperstown for the ceremony.
  • 4. 8 miles to No. 8
  • 5. INDUCTION DAY
  • 6. 75,000 strong (Enough for a rousing ‘O!’ during the National Anthem)
  • 7.  
  • 8. The Guests of Honor AP photo
  • 9.  
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  • 11. Around Cooperstown
  • 12. Doubleday Field
  • 13. “ Sandlot Kid”
  • 14. THE MUSEUM
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  • 16. Study for Rockwell’s “Bottom of the Sixth”
  • 17. Photographic art using figurines, recreating Gibson’s homer and Jackie’s steal of home
  • 18. An Oriole weekend Handkerchief commemorating 1894 Baltimore Orioles’ NL championship Modern Orioles Hall of Famers’ exhibit
  • 19. Another Baltimore boy Advertisement for Babe Ruth’s 1934 tour of Japan Babe Ruth’s Yankees locker
  • 20. 1908 Cubs World Series program
  • 21. 1919 World Series programs (White Sox, left; Reds, right)
  • 22. Kid Gleason’s cap and patriotic stockings during 1917 World Series Black Sox exhibit
  • 23.  
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  • 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)
  • 26. Props from “A League of Their Own” Diamond Dreams exhibit: merchandise marketed toward women
  • 27. Caps worn by Nolan Ryan in each of his seven no-hitters …
  • 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.
  • 29. See, Pete Rose really is in the Hall of Fame (well, sorta …)
  • 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
  • 31. Life and liberty The pursuit of happiness
  • 32. Shoes and (Bloody) Socks Tom Glavine’s 1995 World Series spikes Curt Schilling’s famous Red Sox
  • 33. Left: career and active home run leaders (note: this picture was taken six days before Bonds tied the record.)
  • 34. Above: Career and active wins leaders (note Glavine at 298.) Right: Career and active ERA leaders (Eddie Cicotte, Pedro Martinez)
  • 35. The Gallery
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  • 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 … 
  • 39. First female Hall of Famer
  • 40.  
  • 41. The Holy Grail
  • 42. Line to see the newly installed 2007 plaques
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  • 45. Been waiting 25 years to take my picture standing next to Ripken’s plaque …
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  • 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 …