CLEVELAND, Ohio - On Sunday, Jim Thome is officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., alongside fellow 2018 inductees Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and modern era selections Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. The induction ceremony is the highlight of Cooperstown's four-day celebration, which begins with a youth instructional camp on Friday and ends Monday with an opportunity for Hall members to meet and ask questions of a variety of Hall of Famers. Here's the breakdown of the weekend. Friday, July 27: Approximately two hours of baseball instruction provided to youngsters taking part in the Play Ball program, hosted by Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith. 8 a.m. at Doubleday Field. Saturday, July 28: Awards ceremonies, featuring retired Akron Beacon-Journal Indians beat writer Sheldon Ocker receiving the J.G. Spinks Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and longtime NBC broadcaster Bob Costas receiving … [Read more...] about When is Jim Thome inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, TV time, schedule
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Red Schoendienst, seen here in 2009, died Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) St. Louis Cardinal great Red Schoendienst passed away Wednesday at the age of 95. The news was broken to Cardinal Nation by former Cardinals and KMOX Cardinals announcer Mike Shannon. Schoendienst was born in Germantown, Illinois, just 40 miles from downtown St. Louis. He was one of seven children. Early on he showed promise as a baseball player. But in 1939 he suffered an injury to his left eye and was forced to become a switch-hitter batting left-handed. He was signed by the Cardinals in 1942 after a tryout for $75 a month. Schoendienst played minor league baseball during World War II and was drafted. However, he was given a medical discharged due to the injury to his left eye. In 1945 he moved to the big league playing for the Cardinals as left fielder and second baseman. He played with the Cardinals until he was traded in 1956 to the New York Giant and Milwaukee Braves. He returned to … [Read more...] about Cardinals’ Red Schoendienst dies at 95, oldest living member of Baseball Hall of Fame
ST. LOUIS • One of the best players in the history of the organization who happened to have his best years when the team wasn’t at its best, Ray Lankford will join the Cardinals elites later this summer thanks to the overwhelming support of the fans.Lankford and Vince Coleman headline the Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and they will be joined in induction later this year by pitcher Harry “The Cat” Brecheen. Lankford and Coleman were the two top vote-getters in the fan balloting that each year elects two new members to the Hall of Fame. This was the first year that Lankford reached the fan balloting phase, though a grassroots movement for the All-Star outfielder’s inclusion in the Hall had existed almost as long as the Hall itself.The team announced the class Friday evening.The class, which does not include an owner’s pick this year, will be formally inducted August 18 during a weekend celebration. The ceremony will air on Fox Sports … [Read more...] about Lankford, Coleman headline newest Cardinals Hall of Fame class
ST. LOUIS • When his career ends and immortality starts to arrive, it will be Cardinals fans who get the first crack at putting Albert Pujols into one of baseball’s Halls of Fame, plaque and all.According to current eligibility rules, Pujols will be on the ballot for the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame three years after he retires – two full years before he becomes eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the writers’ ballot. That means if Pujols completes his current contract and retires, he’ll be a part of Cardinals Hall of Fame Class of 2025, slipping on a red jacket with the embroidered redbird and posing with a plaque that features engraved pictures from his 11 years in St. Louis. Fans can make that happen. No question. Little drama. And it will about 23 months before Pujols heads to Cooperstown, N.Y., as a first-ballot inductee, set to see his likeness in bronze besides the game’s giants.That’s when it really gets … [Read more...] about Goold: How will Pujols cap off his Hall of Fame career?
I’m on vacation this week but wanted to touch on a few recent developments. I’ll also have a Pac-12 basketball item in the next 36 hours. And next week, look for my ridiculously early top-25 for next season, plus projections for the Pac-12 and Mountain West and any/all football developments … Action: Louisville coach Rick Pitino inducted into Hall of Fame.Reaction I: The issue isn’t whether he’s Hall-worthy. It’s whether he belongs on the short list of the greatest coaches of the past 50 years: After all, he’s the only coach in history to win the national title at two different schools and the only coach to take three schools to the Final Four. (John Calipari has done it, as well, but two of his three appearances have been, you know, vacated.)Reaction II: There are many ways to quantify coaching greatness. One is Final Four appearances. Pitino has seven, which is tied with Roy Williams for fourth all time — behind Wooden, … [Read more...] about Action/reaction: Pitino into the Hall of Fame, the Pac-12 takes a closer look at RefGate and more