Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hall's open-and-shut case
By Lizzie Haldane
Vicki Santo poses with the Hall of Fame plaque of her late husband Ron Santo, who was inducted posthumously in 2012.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors for the first time on this date back in 1939. The 300 elected inductees include 208 former major leaguers, 35 Negro leaguers, 28 pioneers or executives, 19 managers and 10 umpires. Of those, 108 were honored posthumously and only 62 are living members of baseball's elite club. Even after all of these years, the first class -- Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner -- still remain among the biggest names and biggest attractions at the Hall. Included is one exhibit called "Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball," which celebrates the roles women have played in the game. But let's not forget this year's controversial non-class. For the first time since 1996 and the eighth time since voting started in 1936, not one ballplayer was voted in from a ballot of 37 candidates. Maybe they will have better luck next year when Cooperstown celebrates its 75th birthday.