Inside the Hall of Fame
August, 11, 2014
By Jeff Idelson, Special to Insider | ESPN Insider
A. Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesThe Cooperstown museum is certainly a sight to behold.Buster Olney is on vacation this week, but guest bloggers will be here each day in his place. Today we have Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
On June 12, 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors for the first time in picturesque Cooperstown, New York. Seventy-five years later, as the museum celebrates its diamond anniversary, the definitive repository for baseball history is going strong. Close to 16 million visitors have made the pilgrimage to the baseball mecca since Babe Ruth and 10 others gave their induction speeches, christening the first sports Hall of Fame in America.
I am often asked how the museum continues to be successful, year in and year out. The simple answer is relevance. The museum is forever evolving. As America evolves, so does baseball. And as baseball evolves, so, too, does the Hall of Fame. After all, it remains our national pastime.