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National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

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  • Al Kaline (1934 - 2020)
    Albert William Kaline was born December 19, 1934, to Nicholas and Naomi Kaline in Baltimore. His father, a broom maker by trade, was a semipro baseball player, and began working with young Al to develo...
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    Jim Thome
    James Howard Thome (/ˈtoʊmi/;[1] born August 27, 1970) is a former American baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1991 to 2012. He played for six different teams, m...
  • Allan "Bud" Huber Selig
    Allan Huber "Bud" Selig[2][3][4] (/ˈsiːlɨɡ/; born July 30, 1934) is the ninth and current Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), having served in that capacity since 1992 as the acting commissi...
  • Ivan Rodriguez
    Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge" or "I-Rod" is a retired Major League Baseball catcher. In his career, he played for the Texas Rangers (on two different tours, compri...
  • Tim Raines
    Timothy Raines (born September 16, 1959), nicknamed "Rock", is an American professional baseball coach and former player. He played as a left fielder in Major League Baseball for six teams from 1979 ...

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, and the honoring of persons who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport. The Hall's motto is "Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations."

HISTORY

The Hall of Fame was dedicated on June 12, 1939. Stephen Carlton Clark was owner of a local hotel and sought to bring tourists to Cooperstown, which had been suffering economically when the Great Depression significantly reduced the local tourist trade and Prohibition devastated the local hops industry. His granddaughter, Jane Forbes Clark, is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. The erroneous claim that U.S. Civil War hero Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown, a claim made by former National League president Abraham G. Mills and his 1905 Mills Commission, was instrumental in the early marketing of the Hall.

INDUCTEES

Among baseball fans, "Hall of Fame" means not only the museum and facility in Cooperstown, New York, but the pantheon of players, managers, umpires, executives, and pioneers who have been enshrined in the Hall. The first five men elected were Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, named in 1936. As of January 2011, 295 individuals had been elected to the Hall of Fame, including 205 former Major Leaguers, 35 Negro Leaguers, 19 managers, 9 umpires, and 27 pioneers, executives, and organizers. The newest members are Andre Dawson, umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog; the induction class of 2011, which will enter the Hall in July of that year, will consist of players Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven plus executive Pat Gillick. In addition to honoring Hall of Fame inductees, the National Baseball Hall of Fame has presented 34 men with the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting, and 61 with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for excellence in baseball writing. While Frick and Spink Award honorees are not members of the Hall of Fame, they are recognized in an exhibit in the Hall of Fame's library.

Source: Wikipedia