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The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article

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The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Photo: David Sommerstein
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Photo: David Sommerstein

Steroids cloud Cooperstown ceremony

Doping cast a shadow over the festivities at the Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony yesterday in Cooperstown, near Utica.

Without the stain of steroid suspicions, slugger Barry Bonds and pitcher Rogers Clemens would likely have been enshrined. But due in large part to the steroid era, baseball writers didn't vote a single player into the Hall this year.

Cinncinati Reds hall of Famer and broadcaster Joe Morgan said the mood in Cooperstown was toned down this weekend. Morgan told CBS Sports "there's not as much excitement on Main Street as there usually is." Thirty-four Hall of Famers were on hand instead of the typical 40 or 50.

Three men were inducted posthumously into the Hall yesterday - umpire Hank O'Day, 1880s player Deacon White, and former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert.

Also, former major league pitcher Tommy John was on hand, appropriately enough, as Dr. Frank Jobe was honored at the ceremony. Jobe was recognized for his impact on the sport for developing the procedure known as Tommy John surgery when he fixed the left-hander's elbow in 1974.  Go to full article
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

A century later, an African American baseball hero gets his due

This weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, near Utica, is holding its annual induction ceremony. It's the sport's greatest honor to be enshrined in the Hall.

One Upstate New York baseball legend is not in the Hall. Most people don't know his name, even though he owns an historic distinction.

In 1878, John Jackson - aka Bud Fowler - became the first African American to play professional baseball with white men. His career spanned more than 30 years as a player, manager and entrepreneur.

Fowler grew up in Cooperstown. Last spring, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry. David Sommerstein was there and has our story.  Go to full article
Cooperstown's Main Street is fearing thin crowds at this year's induction ceremony. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Cooperstown's Main Street is fearing thin crowds at this year's induction ceremony. Photo: David Sommerstein.

'Steroids Era' leaves Cooperstown without its biggest baseball draw

This Sunday, baseball will hold one of its most sacred and enduring rituals. Three men will be forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, south of Utica.

The problem is none of them are alive.

For the first time since 1996, not one living player got the 75% of baseball writers' votes needed to gain entry to the Hall. Many interpreted the result as a collective protest vote over the steroids era.

Induction weekend is huge for the village that lives and breathes baseball, and for its region's economy. Now, people are trying to make the best of an uncomfortable moment in baseball history.  Go to full article
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

A century later, African-American baseball hero gets his due

Jackie Robinson is getting the big time Hollywood treatment with the new blockbuster "42". Meanwhile, a much lesser known African American baseball hero is getting his due in the cradle of baseball history.

In 1878, John Jackson - aka Bud Fowler - became the first African-American to play professional baseball with white men. His career spanned more than 30 years as a player, manager and entrepreneur.

Fowler grew up in Cooperstown, NY, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last weekend, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry.  Go to full article

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