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Make a Date with Baseball's Greats: Visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame


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The Greats of the Game
Babe Ruth - Ty Cobb - Hall of Fame Gallery - National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

The National Baseball Hall of Fame honors baseball's best players, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, both members of the first class in 1936. See plaques honoring all of the inductees in the Hall of Fame Gallery.

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You'll definitely want to spend some time in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's first floor, where plaques honor all of the great players, managers, umpires and executives who have been inducted since 1936. There were 260 Hall of Famers as of 2005 when I visited Cooperstown. As of 2014, there are 306 inductees.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America votes each year on new members, and induction is an honor bestowed only on an elite few. Although you may not have any say in who gets inducted into the Baseball Hall, you're welcome to attend the annual induction ceremony during Hall of Fame Weekend free of charge. Pack a blanket or lawn chairs, head to Cooperstown, and witness sports history. The 2014 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The 2014 inductees are: Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, First Baseman/DH Frank Thomas and Managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

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