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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Baseball Hall of Famers Compete Over Statues

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The unofficial greeters at the Hall of Fame stand together, in bronze, by the ticket booths in the museum lobby. They are multicultural monuments to strength, sacrifice and service: Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

“Those three represented so much more than what they did on the field,” said Josh Rawitch, the president of the Hall of Fame. “It was the way they went about life off the field in terms of helping other people, leading the way for other people, and ultimately just being the perfect example of what it means to have character and courage.”

The Hall of Fame will welcome seven new members on Sunday, including three who are living: David Ortiz, Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva. All will be recognized in the gallery with a plaque measuring 15½ inches by 10¾ inches, the standard size for all Hall of Famers — from Hank Aaron to Robin Yount — since the first induction ceremony in 1939.

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