From SABR member Ralph Carhart at BaseballReliquary.org on July 18, 2019:
It occurred to me, as I was preparing to come out here today, that there is a similarity between the story of Hilda Chester and the Hall Ball. You see, when the Hall Ball was conceived eight years ago I envisioned a day very much like this, only 2755 miles away from here. The intention was to take a picture of the ball with every member of the Hall of Fame, both living and deceased, and then give the ball to the folks at Cooperstown. I love the Hall, and the instant feeling of childhood that washes over me as soon as I walk through its doors. I love the town and the ever-present vibe that exists on its streets, especially when you are there on induction weekend, a time when grown men and women, accompanied by their own children, become little boys and girls again. I wanted to, in my non-athletically-inclined way, make my mark on this great game that we all love.
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Originally published: July 19, 2019. Last Updated: July 19, 2019.