Caple: Life in the village of Cooperstown

From SABR member Jim Caple at on July 26, 2013, with mention of SABR members Jeff Katz, Tom Heitz and Sasha Gagarin:

This year is the first since 1965 that the Hall of Fame will not induct a living member. And while attendance will be low for that ceremony this Sunday, life goes on in Cooperstown, a village of 1,850 year-round residents and many thousands more summertime tourists.

As I found, during a week I spent in Cooperstown, the people and stories outside the Hall of Fame are much more compelling than those honored on its walls. Some stories will produce a lump in your throat or goosebumps on your arm. Some will make you laugh. Some, especially the one about a shooting, will make you shake your head.

And some, like the autistic baseball hero, will make you want to stand up and cheer.

Forget this year’s long-dead inductees. There is life in the village of baseball.

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Originally published: July 26, 2013. Last Updated: July 26, 2013.