SABR Report from the National Baseball Hall of Fame

During the Cooperstown chapter meeting on January 29 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, SABR member and HOF representative Jim Gates announced some great things on deck for 2005 that may be of interest to all SABR members.

The construction work is progressing nicely. Actual construction work is expected to finish soon. An exhibit installation will follow with a grand-reopening set for late spring, early summer.

During the Cooperstown chapter meeting on January 29 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, SABR member and HOF representative Jim Gates announced some great things on deck for 2005 that may be of interest to all SABR members.

The construction work is progressing nicely. Actual construction work is expected to finish soon. An exhibit installation will follow with a grand-reopening set for late spring, early summer. More information on this will be posted on www.baseballhalloffame.org as it becomes available.

As most know, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg have been selected for induction. The date for the ceremony is July 31. The HOF exhibition game is scheduled for May 23 and features a match-up between Detroit and Boston. Ticket information may be found at the website.

The annual Cooperstown Symposium is set for June 8-10. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Eig of the Wall Street Journal, who will be discussing his new book Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig. Other authors/speakers include David Block, Alan Levy and Ed Rice, with 24 concurrent sessions yet to be determined as that date. A registration packet is scheduled to be mailed in March. Contact Leatherstocking Chapter vice-chair Gene Carney (carneya6@borg.com) if you wish to be placed onto their mailing list for this. Cost of the three-day program is $165 and includes dinner and town ball game.

It was also reported that the African American baseball study is in its final stages. Project coordinators have been in touch with publishers and are hoping to begin proceeding on work to make this material available to researchers soon.

Also of note, the HOF has recently received several grants to cover expenses related to internal equipment, storage units and computer needs. They are also scheduled to begin processing the August Herrman Papers and Lou Gehrig scrapbooks.                 Contributed by Gene Carney.



Originally published: March 2, 2005. Last Updated: March 2, 2005.

© SABR. All Rights Reserved